“The Gender Pay Gap Is Largely Because of Motherhood” (nytimes, 2017):
To achieve greater pay equality, social scientists say — other than women avoiding marriage and children — changes would have to take place in workplaces and public policy that applied to both men and women. Examples could be companies putting less priority on long hours and face time, and the government providing subsidized child care and moderate-length parental leave.
So childless Americans slaving away in the cubicle farm so that their child-blessed coworkers can enjoy parental leave would make the gender pay gap smaller.
“Germany’s Booming Economy Leaves Female Workers Behind” (WSJ, Feb 26, 2018):
An entitlement to generous parental leave, for instance, creates an incentive for young mothers to take long career-damaging breaks, experts say.
But childless Germans working harder to subsidize Germans with children… that makes the gender pay gap larger!
The two apparently contradictory economies do have something in common:
“Female engineers are hard to come by,” said Christian Thiele, spokesman for machine-tool maker Paul Horn GmbH, adding that the company was shifting its focus toward hiring more women.
- When and why did it become necessary to pay Americans to have children?
- Paid Maternity Leave: Employers or Taxpayers should Pay?