Discrimination is not a significant cause of differences in pay between men and women according to new research released by the Institute of Economic Affairs today.
The report Should We Mind the Gap?* written by Professor J. R. Shackleton** concludes that we should make far less of a song and dance about the gender pay gap.
The research raises serious doubts about the supposed benefits of equal pay and anti-discrimination legislation and argues they may well be counter-productive.
The pay gap is falling, likely to fall further and may go into reverse. But its interpretation and dynamics are poorly understood by policy-makers, let alone the general public.
The gaps in pay tha