August 22, 2019

Equal Pay? What About Equal Death?

“The problem with comparing this raw, aggregate data is well documented. Women on average go into lower-paying fields, such as education. Mothers are likelier than fathers to choose flexibility over career advancement. Men tend to work slightly more hours on the job.

The “wage gap” crowd says these factors can’t account for the entirety of the difference. But even assuming they’re correct, then would they please stop citing the tendentious 80 cents figure? Resetting “Equal Pay Day” to fall on, say, Jan. 25 would be less dramatic, but much less dishonest.

And what about other ways the labor market is unequal? To illustrate one example, Mark Perry, an economist at the American Enterprise Institute, has suggested “Equal Occupational Fatality Day.” The basic point is that, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, men in America are much more likely to be killed while working.”

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