Claudia Goldin, the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University, is advancing a new theory that she says could help people understand the continued persistence of the gender pay gap. While many argue that the disparities between how women and paid are primarily the result of direct discrimination — a difference that amounts to men earning more than 120 percent of what women do — Goldin believes that the biggest contributor to the pay gap may in fact be indirect. Women, according to Goldin, are more likely to work in environments that offer fewer hours but more flexibility in scheduling. Such jobs, it turns out, earn far less money per hour than similar work that requires more substantial time commitments.

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