In his recent article for Life & Arts, Tom Harford discusses the impact of “greedy” jobs on women’s earnings. While he focuses on high-paying jobs, the practice affects women at all occupational levels, including those who work part-time. This can have long-term effects on their careers and lives.
Harford highlights the negative consequences of being labeled as a part-timer, which can limit women’s career opportunities and undervalue their qualifications and competences. This is not only unfair but also serves as an irrational barrier to women’s performance, given that women now outperform men educationally in many OECD countries.
To address this issue, it is crucial to consider not only the problem of “greedy” jobs but also the broader impact of part-time work on women’s careers. Changes must be made to create more equitable opportunities for women in the workforce, recognizing their valuable contributions and ensuring that they are fairly compensated for their efforts.