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  •  Flawed logic. (0+ / 0-)

    The assertion that a quarter of the narrowing wage gap is  a function of men's wages going down is not altogether unreasonable, but is not the only possible interpretation.  It's probably not the most reasonable interpretation.

    To believe that, you would need a reason to believe that women's wages were not subject to the same market conditions as men's wages.  Maybe they're not, but I don't know why they wouldn't be.

    If they are subject to the same market conditions, you would expect women's wages to rise and fall with men's wages. If that hasn't happened, employers must have started to recognize that they don't get extra value by having a man do the job.  Some women may have kept their jobs while higher-paid men were laid off and new hires must deal with the current flat job market.  In that case, women's wages are also being held down by the economy and workers of both genders should expect to see improvements if the freakin' economy will ever stop sputtering.

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    by dinotrac on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 05:35:47 PM PDT

    •  Womans median income has risen above inflation (1+ / 0-)
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      going back thru to the early 1970's. A mans median income has not.

      And I think youre right, there is not one single input.

      .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 05:48:53 PM PDT

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