In his recent article in Life & Arts, Tom Harford discusses the negative impact that “greedy” jobs can have on women’s earnings. While Harford specifically mentions high-earning jobs, the practice affects women who work part-time as well. This has far-reaching consequences for women’s careers at all levels and can have long-term effects on their lives.
One of the major drawbacks of being labeled as a part-timer is that it can limit women’s career opportunities and undervalue their qualifications and competences. This not only unfair but also serves as an irrational barrier to women’s performance, especially given that women now outperform men educationally in many OECD countries.
To address these issues, it is crucial to consider not only the specific problem of “greedy” jobs but also the broader impact of part-time work on women’s careers. Changes need to be made to create more equitable opportunities for women in the workforce, so that they are fairly compensated for their efforts and given the same opportunities as their full-time counterparts.