When American men have children, they’re often rewarded with a raise. That’s one of the take-aways from a new research paper by University of Massachusetts, Amherst sociology professor Michelle Budig, who found that the average man earns a pay bump of more than 6% when he becomes a father. Conversely, Budig found that women’s earningsdecreased by 4% for every child they had.
“Generally, men find that their earnings increase when they become fathers, while each additional child is associated with earnings decline for women,” Budig writes.
To conduct her study, Budig used data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth from 1979 to 2006, statistics put out by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The paper was published by Third Way, a think tank that aims to push legislators toward moderate policies based on pragmatic solutions.
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