• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There is 1 comment on Tolerance for Risk May Contribute to Male-Female Pay Gap

  1. For a long time it has been taboo to even suggest what this study concluded, to the point where people have lost their jobs for saying similar things. The study suggests what common sense and previous knowledge about average differences between males and females have pointed to for a long time. That is, discrimination based on sex is not the only possible explanation for a wage gap.

    In the past discrimination may have accounted for most of it. But not for the past several decades, during which, the culture has completely shifted to make discrimination a very, very bad thing and equality a major issue. Even more importantly anti-discrimination has been enshrined into law at every possible government level. So one needs to consider other factors to explain wage gaps. Different behavior patterns AND different interests – on average (stress the word average) – between males and females go a long way to account for the remaining differences.

    Much credit to the authors of this study for following where the evidence leads.

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