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Male CEOs expecting baby daughters pay women better, men worse

A new study reveals that when a male CEO is expecting a child, employee salaries are impacted, as they begin to pay women better, and actually cut mens’ salaries.

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Baby girls mean CEOs pay women better

At the American Economic Association’s annual meeting, researchers from Aalborg University, the University of Maryland Smith School of Business, and Columbia Business school presented data revealing that if a male boss is having a baby in the near future, employee salaries are impacted significantly, and if the baby is a girl, women employees fare well, while men may actually lose money.

When a male CEO has a baby, male workers’ salaries shrink by about $100 per year, 0.2 percent, driven by a 0.4 percent decline if the child is a son. Researchers looked at 1,600 births to over 18,000 male CEOs at 10,655 private companies.

CEOs may pay women better, but men don’t fare as well

According to the study, employees’ wages actually go up after the delivery of a first-born daughter. Female employees may see their salary grow by 1.1 percent, compared with a 0.6% gain for male employees. And even if the CEO has a boy, female salaries go up 0.8 percent while male’s actually go down 0.5 percent.

The researchers indicate this female employee salary increase may be a result of male employees becoming more paternal which results in a slight change of attitude towards female employees.

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Caveat to the study:

We take the study with a grain of salt, however, as the study analyzed executives in Denmark exclusively, as according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in 2011, average wages in America were just over 16 percent higher.

Additionally, work culture between the two nations differs, as Denmark companies are required to pay for 25 vacation days per year, and an additional 5 sick days, employees only take half an hour for lunch, work 37 hours per week and employers must give three months’ notice when firing an employee in most cases.

Regardless, many are taking this study and applying it to American culture as both nations are Western and enjoy many similar customs and a very similar culture, with the study indicating that the sex of a new baby has a strong correlation with employees’ pay.

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Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.

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