Women lawyers and judges earn 82% of male counterparts

April 24, 2014 A new study shows that women lawyers and judges earn about 82 percent of what their male counterparts make. The study was conducted by Claudia Goldin, a Harvard University labor economist, and published under the title: "A Grand Gender Convergence: Its Last Chapter" in the American Economic Review.

While things may look bad for women in the law, it seems that they are worse for women in some other professions: the research indicates that women doctors and surgeons earn 71 percent what their male counterparts earn, while female accountants earn 76 percent of what male accountants make.

Goldin maintains that workplace flexibility could help solve the problem: “The gender gap in pay would be considerably reduced and might vanish altogether if firms did not have an incentive to disproportionately reward individuals who labored long hours and worked particular hours,” she wrote.

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