'The gap between men and women appears immediately after university'

Erasmus School of Economics

According to Anne Boring, Assistant Professor at Erasmus School of Economics, ‘the gap between men and women appears immediately after university and is not caused by career differences even if they make the situation worse later’.

Boring made this analysis using data from the France Ministry of Higher Education, on the integration of master graduates, eighteen months and thirty months after their graduation. This analysis highlights the cumulative inequalities between men and women (wage, job stability and hierarchical status) from the start of their employment, which shows that these inequalities are therefore not due to differences in career development (e.g. maternity leave, part-time work, less hierarchical progress). Using the results of the study there is a possibility to direct female students, during the course of their studies, to the opportunities most valued by the labour market.

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If you would like to read the full article in Le Monde, 1 December 2017, you can click on this link.