Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Gender Equity

From Freakonomics:

Men who believe a woman’s place is in the home, rather than in the workplace, are likely to earn substantially more than men who believe women deserve equal pay for equal work.

...sexist men earned, on average, $11,930 more per year than their egalitarian male counterparts over a 25-year period.

...women who believed in gender equality earned $1,052 more per year than women who held more “traditional” views.

Assuming a sexist man marries a woman who accepts her place is in the home, the sexist man has to earn enough to support two people. Whereas a non-sexist man only has to earn enough to support just one person. From my perspective, sexism does not pay (i.e., $11,930 is not enough to compensate for having to support two people as opposed to just one).