Saturday, April 7, 2018

What Can Uber Teach Us About the Gender Pay Gap?

April 11, 2018 SWEET Dinner/Discussion
4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Kayak Conference Room (outside of library)

Thank you, William Czyzewski for this discussion topic.
Link to Podcast

The gender pay gap is a hot topic in many academic circles.  It is of interest for economists and activists alike.  Commonly, the U.S. unadjusted average female annual wage is 78% of male wages (  However, this number does not take into account factors like the jobs being performed and the years worked within those industries.  After making adjustments to account for additional factors, amongst college graduates, the gap shrinks to about 88-93% (  This gap has been an issue of debate for some time, and a series of new studies by John List, chairman of the University of Chicago economics department, Rebecca Diamond of Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Jonathan Hall, who leads the public policy and economics team at Uber, has studied the pay gap at Uber.

Some questions to think of while listening to the podcast:

1.  Why were the researchers confident that their data could avoid gender biases?
2.  What contributed to the pay gap found in the study?

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