In his recent article in Life & Arts, Tom Harford discusses the negative impact that allowing “greedy” jobs can have on women’s earnings. While he focuses specifically on high-paying jobs, the practice affects women at all occupational levels, including those who work part-time. This has long-term consequences for their careers and lives.
Part-time work 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 their performance, given that women now outperform men educationally in many OECD countries. It is important to address not only the issue of “greedy” jobs but also the broader impact of part-time work on women’s careers, recognizing the need for changes that will create more equitable opportunities for them in the workforce.