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Marriage costs women doctors in the US an 11% salary drop

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 07 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:70
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Married women doctors in the United States earn 11% less than men and unmarried women without children, according to research reported in the Journal of Human Resources (2005;40:477-504). They earn another 14% less if they have one child and 22% less if they have more than one child.

    The research, which was carried out by a team from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, and based on the American Medical Association's young physicians survey, a nationally representative sample of US doctors aged under 40, looked at how much of the earnings gap between men and women doctors is due to women's greater family responsibilities.

    Changes over time in men's and women's incomes were compared with marital status and numbers of children. The study also included data on specialties, type of job chosen, and hours worked.

    The results …

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