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Published: Wednesday, April 10 2013 1:55 p.m. MDT

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Hawkeye79
Iowa City, IA

Academic compensation researchers have recognized for over a decade that the standard pay gap numbers provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics are deeply flawed. Specifically, they fail to take into account the number of hours worked (men, on average, work longer hours than women), the number of years worked for the same employer (men, on average, work more years for their employers), and the industries/types of jobs being worked (men, on average, work in more dangerous jobs).

Studies that have controlled for those 3 variables found that the gap is much smaller than graphics like the one in this article suggest. Depending on whose work you cite, the gap shrinks from 23 percent to 2-6 percent. Even then, other relevant factors are still not taken into account, such as the finding that women, on average, are less likely to negotiate their pay.

Those who use the 77 percent figure are either poor researchers (even a quick google search can lead you to the academic findings) or intent on causing a rift in society. Neither is an attribute that I find particularly useful in an information source.

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