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Flexible work days would lessen gender pay gap

  • The fact that full-time working women make only 77 percent of what their male co-workers do could change if companies introduced a more flexible work schedule for them. 

    A new study conducted by an economist in Harvard found that differences in salaries "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."

    Claudia Goldin found that women working in sectors such as science are offered equal pay due to flexible hours as opposed to other professions related to finance and law. 

    "Quite simply the gap exists because hours of work in many occupations are worth more when given at particular moments and when the hours are more continuous," Goldin said. 

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