Gender wage gap redux

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There was recently a really big and fascinating about the gender pay gap using Uber drivers.  Since you have no idea of the gender of your driver when you request a ride, this presents a really interesting area to look at gender differences.  Freakonomics did a terrific podcast on the topic, which is well worth your time if you are interested in the issue.

And here’s Drum’s summary and take on the findings:

A new paper with access to Uber’s massive database of driver records concludes that female drivers earn 7 percent less than male drivers. Why? Mostly because women drive more slowly than men.

There are a couple of other factors as well that are tied to experience, and that’s interesting enough by itself. But the authors call their result “surprising,” and I think that’s the wrong conclusion. The proper conclusion is that in a job that pays via…

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Utopia - you are standing in it promotes a classical liberal view of the world and champion the mass flourishing of humanity through capitalism and the rule of law. The origin of the blog is explained in the first blog post at

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