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Motherhood and the Gender Productivity Gap

Source: BFI Working Paper No. 2018-41, “Motherhood and the Gender Gap,” by Yana Gallen, UChicago assistant professor of economics at the Harris School of Public Policy
Relative Wages and Relative Productivity

These two figures reveal pay and productivity levels for women and men, including mothers and fathers. The first Figure reveals that while all women are paid less than men, mothers are paid a lower wage than women without children. Figure 2 charts productivity levels for the same groups, and illustrates that the productivity levels of women with children improve as the mothers (and children) age.