Why politicians are asking the wrong questions about gender inequality

ONE issue that virtually every Democratic presidential candidate has weighed in on this year is the wage gap between the sexes. The most commonly-cited statistic is that women make just 77 cents for every dollar men do, with the implication being that the 23-cent gap is a result of discrimination. While the statistic is accurate, interpreting it requires some nuance: at least some of the gender pay gap can be explained by differences in things like the number of hours worked or type of careers each gender pursues.

Economic research suggests that the majority of the gender pay gap is because of differences within occupations rather than across them. What is tougher to determine is if women make less for “same work”: studies tend to rely on data from the US Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labour Statistics which are reliable but lack detail when it comes to specific occupations. For instance, in the American Community Survey, one of the most popular sources of data, all doctors fall under the classification “physicians and surgeons” which is problematic since salaries can vary greatly depending on what sort of specialism…Continue reading

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Luma debuts a Wi-Fi router that uses mesh networking to provide quality Internet at home

A few years ago, I needed to buy a router, but when I looked at the ones at the store, it was daunting. The associate wasn’t really able to help me, so I went with one based on brand name. That wound up being a bad decision, as that router didn’t provide the most reliable […]

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Hivemapper raises $3M to be Waze for drones

While major companies struggle with Federal Aviation Administration drone restrictions, a new startup is busy mapping the sky in preparation for the day that drones can fly free. “Think of it as Waze or Google Maps for drones,” said Hivemapper founder Ariel Seidman. He said the goal is to help drone pilots fly more safely (and legally). Today Hivemapper is […]

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Mark Pincus insists Zynga doesn’t need an Activision-like sugardaddy to make a comeback

Social gaming company Zynga made Wall Street investors smile Wednesday as it reported better-than-expected earnings. Zynga has now beaten estimates for three consecutive quarters — two of them since Mark Pincus returned as chief executive after the departure of Don Mattrick. Hits such as Words With Friends, Wizard of Oz Slots, and Empires & Allies are helping […]

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Microsoft buys Mobile Data Labs, the startup behind mileage-tracking app MileIQ

Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Mobile Data Labs, a startup that built MileIQ, a mileage-tracking app for iOS and Android. The app isn’t going anywhere. But the people behind the app will begin working on integrations with Microsoft software. “The team will continue to build and offer mobile productivity solutions and look to […]

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Hunger Games: How “Culinary Currency” is reshaping the food industry  

SPONSORED: This sponsored post is produced in association with Panasonic Lab 1.0. Millennials are hungry — not just for inspired meals, but for the connection they represent, says Eve Turow, author of A Taste of Generation Yum. And while half of the 80 million American Millennials identify as “foodies”, this is a cross-cultural, generational phenomenon. “In […]

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China, Japan, and South Korea lead massive $14B mobile gaming business in Asia

The East outspends the West when it comes to mobile, and the gap could grow as more countries come online. Asian countries are responsible for $14 billion in spending on mobile games, according to industry-tracking firm SuperData. As you might expect, a ton of that cash comes from China, one of the world’s largest economies. But […]

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