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Who are the women in the top 1% and how do they make their money?

A lot of attention has been given to rising inequality and, in particular, to the increasing income share going to the top of the distribution in many countries. Researchers have studied many aspects of this development, such as the importance … Continue reading

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Do managers need more masculine or more feminine skills?

Among top business managers women are still a rare sight. The reasons are complex and subject to heated debates. One controversial explanation suggests that a successful corporate manager needs to have “male” attributes and skills such as risk-taking and competitive … Continue reading

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The gender pay gap: Discrimination or structural differences?

By Solomon W. Polachek Women earn less than men. In the US the gap is approximately 22%. Among OECD countries the gap averages 15%. One might argue this indicates rampant discrimination. But the story is far more complicated. Many women … Continue reading

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IZA Prize in Labor Economics conferred to Claudia Goldin at ASSA Meeting in Chicago

The 15th IZA Prize in Labor Economics was formally conferred to Claudia Goldin during the traditional IZA Reception at the annual meeting of the Allied Social Science Associations in Chicago on January 6, 2017. After introductions by Hilmar Schneider (CEO … Continue reading

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Differences in risk attitudes do not explain gender gap in leadership positions

A recent IZA World of Labor article suggests that gender differences in attitudes toward risk are less significant than previously claimed and cannot explain women’s under-representation in high-level occupations. The commonly accepted argument in the economics literature is that women … Continue reading

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Can gender differences in computer use explain why boys do worse in school than girls?

Boys perform worse in school than girls, which has been dubbed the “Boy Crisis”. An analysis of the latest data on educational outcomes among boys and girls reveals extensive disparities in grades, reading and writing test scores, and other measurable … Continue reading

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Female leaders increase workplace diversity by narrowing the gender gap in promotions

Although women comprise 45 percent of the labor force across OECD countries, they continue to earn less than men on average and remain under-represented among business leaders. A new study by Astrid Kunze and Amalia Miller on private sector establishments … Continue reading

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