Men who drive for the ride-sharing app Uber make more money than women do, a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research shows.
Around a 7 percent “gender earnings gap” exists among Uber drivers, according to the report released in June. The pay gap can be attributed to three main factors, the bureau reports.
Those factors include experience driving for Uber, driving speed and preferences on where to drive based mostly on where drivers live and safety, according to the report.
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The gap does not appear to have been caused at all by specific work hours or customer discrimination toward female drivers.
“Our results suggest that there is no reason to expect the ‘gig’ economy to close gender differences,” the report states.
The gender pay gap is a common term used to refer to the difference in salaries between men and women who work in the same jobs.
Women earn just over 77 cents less for every dollar earned by a man, according to the statistics website PayScale. A recent Pew Research Center study found that the pay gap has decreased since 1980 but it would still take an extra 47 days of work for women to earn what men did last year.
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