Bigfoot was an easier thing to believe in when everyone wasn’t constantly taking pictures with their phones.
I picked up this argument from a Mark Perry post on Carpe Diem.
We have roughly 150 million people in our workforce, about half of them female. And there are pervasive claims out there that women are paid 23% less than men.
You’d think we’d be able to find a few matched pairs to demonstrate this factoid.
As a matter of fact:
If there were such ubiquitous gender wage disparities in violation of federal law, why are there not extensive investigations by the Department of Justice or the Office of Civil Rights? And why isn’t there a cottage industry of law firms specializing in representing women who are victims of the supposed pervasive gender discrimination, the way there are hundreds of law firms representing mesothelioma victims who were exposed to asbestos on the job?
Occam’s Razor should lead to the conclusion that there are no such investigations because there’s no examples to make.
Perversely perhaps, maybe the false “77 cents on the dollar” narrative is actually perpetuated by the total lack of any evidence that any employers actually pay women 23% less than men for the same job. After all, it’s better to keep those mythical violations very vague, ambiguous, and undocumented as a way to keep the myth alive, like very rare sightings of Bigfoot.
A commenter on that post actually pointed out that it’s worse than this. If the 77% figure is an average, then something like half of the specific pairs of men and women doing the same job with the same characteristics should be worse than 77%. Where are the 60% examples? Or the 50% examples?