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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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How to increase the attractiveness of STEM for female students

Women have been traditionally under-represented in college major fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Analyzing the reasons is one of the hottest topics in the economics of education. Low graduation rates in STEM fields among women are believed … Continue reading

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Migration decisions of couples: Who wears the pants?

Couples are less likely than singles, but more likely than families to emigrate to a different country. But who makes the decision to migrate? Does the traditional role model prevail, where the man’s career prospects play the most important role? … Continue reading

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Women are not scared of competing with males, field experiment shows

Despite increasing female labor market participation, gender differences in labor market outcomes persist: men earn more, have better employment perspectives and better access to top positions. One explanation for the persisting gender gap is that women are more reluctant to … Continue reading

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Men like child care at least as much as women do

In March of 2012, The New York Times (NYT) website ran the headline, “Do Women Like Child Care More than Men?” The article answered this question in the affirmative, basing its conclusions on an academic paper by Rhoads and Rhoads … Continue reading

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How the Great Recession affected domestic violence

During each global recession of the past decades there have been recurrent suggestions in the media that domestic violence increases with unemployment. All these accounts are based on the same underlying logic that high unemployment could provide the “trigger point” … Continue reading

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Men vote for Mars, women vote for Venus

A new IZA discussion paper by Vincenzo Galasso and Tommaso Nannicini investigates whether the degree of aggressiveness of political campaigns has a different impact on female and male voters. During the 2011 municipal elections in Milan, a sample of voters … Continue reading

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