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Changes in Work Force, Not Pay, Narrowing the Gender Wage Gap
August 12, 2008
Are working women treated more fairly in today's labor market than they were 30 years ago? Absolutely not, according to groundbreaking new research by Brown University economist Yona Rubinstein and Casey Mulligan of the University of Chicago. Disputing decades of economic literature, the economists show that the apparent narrowing of the wage gap between working men and women is actually due to the type of women who are now working--not how much they're being paid.
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