Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wage Inequality Strikes Back

I heard on the radio this morning - and later did some poking around online which seemed to confirm it - that in the current recession, about 80% of those losing their jobs are men.
One obvious reason for this is that a lot of the jobs lost, say in manufacturing and construction, are in what are still very male-dominated industries.
But another point that came up is that it may have been influenced by the fact that, in some workplaces, women are still paid less than men for the same job. I don't know how prevalent the practice of paying women less for the same job actually is (there is some evidence that the average wage inequality is also affected by job choice and placement, I'm not about to go into a four-day research session to get all the details).
In any case, it's interesting to think about. Men may have been making more on average, but are now losing their jobs at a rate four times that of women.
I don't pretend to have all the details, but it's interesting to think about.

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