A new study reveals something that won’t surprise Leftists in the very least. It found that male Uber drivers make more money than female drivers: “In a study released today of over 1.8 million drivers on the platform, women were found to earn $1.24 per hour less than men.”
Proof the wage gap exists? Not really.
While women earned less per week, the study found several reasons for that. For example, women earned less because they didn’t work as much. The study noted: “Women also earned $130 less per week on average, in part because they tend to drive fewer hours.”
Hard to make as much as your co-workers when you’re not working as often, isn’t it? But there were other reasons:
The cause: The study, which was carried out by researchers at Stanford and Uber and has not undergone peer review, attributed the difference in pay to fact that male Uber drivers:
— Are more likely to drive in higher-paying locations
— Drive faster
— Take on trips with shorter distances to the rider
— Chose to drive longer trips
All of these are variables in the formula Uber uses to calculate driver wages, and the study showed they all tilted in men’s favor (the study claims men earn $21.28 an hour, on average). Women also have higher turnover on the platform, and more experienced drivers tend to get higher pay.
These actually correspond to many of the reasons why men tend to make more than women on average, creating the so-called wage gap. While much of the so-called wage gap is an artifact based on different career choices made by men and women, much of what remains is based on differences in how work is approached.
Women are far more likely to demand a work-life balance. They’re less likely to make familial sacrifices in order to earn more money, whereas it tends to be expected of men.
Further, women tend to be less risk-averse, particularly physical risk. It’s why male drivers are more likely to drive fast, thus being able to make more trips, while women are far more likely to worry about driving safely. It’s also why male workers are significantly more willing to do risky jobs like being linemen or working on offshore oil rigs, blue-collar jobs that pay well.
The reason women tend to make less than men on average has nothing to do with sexism, but it has everything to do with the choices people make.