Is The Gender Wage Gap (Partially) Caused By Major Choice?

By Admin, April 13, 2013

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It has long been remarked that women earn less money than men. Whether this reflects invidious discrimination or differential participation in the labor force is a hot topic in the social sciences. We decided to take a look at it from another angle: do young ladies simply major in poor paying occupations in college? Using our database of median salaries for particular majors, we cross-referenced the most popular undergraduate majors against the National Center for Education Statistics Digest of Education Statistics. According to the DES, roughly 42% of the undergraduate degrees awarded in 2008 went to men, with the remaining 58% going to women. (Once in rough balance, the percentage of degrees awarded to men fell precipitously for most of the last decade, only recently pausing at about 42 ~ 43%.).

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