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New study suggests U.S. women making bigger increases in economic mobility than men

December 24, 2016

A new joint study by Harvard and Stanford universities on income inequality appears to suggest that men are worse off than women in the current economy. According to the findings, men are less likely to make the same wage their fathers did at the same age — in the 1970s, more than 90 percent of  30-year-old men were making more money than their fathers did at that age, while today only about 40 percent of men actually make more than their fathers did decades before. For women, however, economic mobility has been on the rise since the turn of the millennium, while men’s mobility stagnated and then tanked around the 2008 recession.

While it might seem like this means that women are faring better and overcoming the wage gap, the actual economic mobility rates (as opposed to the relative ones) tell a different story. Women at the age of 30 now only have a 26 percent chance of outearning their father when he was the same age — and while this number has grown, it is still far below the current 40 percent of men. In other words, it’s not exactly true that women’s economic mobility has improved dramatically, but, rather, that men have seen theirs get a lot worse.

Read the full story at The Atlantic.


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