Women don’t choose to make less money than men. But that’s often the criticism levelled when we talk about the gender pay gap, or the fact that women, on average, make only 79 cents for every dollar a man earns.
The argument typically is: Women look for work in lower-paying professions, so of course they make less than men.
Elise Gould, a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, has heard that claim a lot since she published research showing that women earn $4 an hour less than men right out of college. Gould and EPI researcher Jessica Schieder published a paper on Wednesday explaining why the pay gap has little to do with real choice.
“People were not understanding the full picture,” Gould told The Huffington Post.
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