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    Another round of proof came last October in a study by the American Association of University Women, Graduating to a Pay Gap. It showed, just one year after they obtained their diplomas, college-educated women were on average already making $7,600 less each year than their male counterparts. And that wasn't because they were having babies or because they all chose fields that were less lucrative. The reason for the lower pay was simply because they were female.
    $7,600 is the gap before taking into account factors that the study authors thought affected earnings (such as choice of major and economic sector) independent of gender.  About two-thirds of the gap is due to such included factors.

    The remaining gap (about $2,500) is presumably due to gender, although it could include other factors that were not part of the model.

    You can check that by looking at the chart--the gap is about 20% unadjusted and 7% adjusted.  If the unadjusted gap were $7,600, that would imply that one year after graduation, college graduates earn $109,000 ($7,600 /0.07)

    "Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation..."--David St. Hubbins

    by Old Left Good Left on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 03:11:43 PM PDT

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