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Hand Wringing over the ‘Salary Gap’

Inside Higher Ed reports on new research purporting to find that some of the “gender gap” in professorial pay might be due to sexism.

This is a problem only if you’re a central planning type who can’t abide inequality between any groups of people. The only complete solution would be to mandate equal compensation for everyone, but then that would be subject to the criticism that not everyone deserves equal compensation.
Some women earn more than men do. If any woman thinks that she is underpaid, she can take steps to try changing that by following the lead of more successful women. Stories about the “gender gap” tend to make women think that they face some systemic obstacle that can only be surmounted through political action. If there is a problem at all, though, it can only be solved by individual action.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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