Saturday, July 29, 2006

Women's periods affect wages and absenteesm

NBER Working Paper No. 12369
...Consistent with the predictions of the model, we find that the relationship between earnings and absenteeism is more negative for males than for females. Furthermore, this difference declines with seniority, as employers learn more about their workers' true productivity. Finally, we calculate the earnings cost for women associated with menstruation. We find that higher absenteeism induced by the 28-day cycle explains 11.8 percent of the earnings gender differential...


nanc said...

i'll be back later for this one!

The Merry Widow said...

Yeah, Nanc, there are going to be some fireworks1 A friend of mine from Japan told me that the US military introduced and enforced a 3 day off time for women every month! My friend used hers for vacation! All it takes is self discipline and acceptance of some pain and inconvenience. What's the big deal?