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The Glass Ceiling

Source: BFI Working Paper No. 2018-38, “The Glass Ceiling,” by Marianne Bertrand, UChicago professor of economics

As these two figures reveal, even though women are attaining college degrees at rates significantly higher than men (Figure 1), they are still not earning as much as men (Figure 2: if men and women earned the same amount then the gap would be zero, or nonexistent). This reveals, in part, that women are selecting degrees that do not pay as well as others, which suggests that there are still gains to be made from education, even though women are already performing well vs. men in terms of earning degrees.