The “actually women make 96 cents on the dollar” response to the wage gap misses the point

Sometimes someone will bring up the wage gap, that women on average make only 75% of what men make. Then some crusaders of truth charge in to inform them that in fact if you hold all factors constant, then you end up with something closer to 96%. Do some people think that, when holding everything else equal, the pay gap between men and women is … Continue reading The “actually women make 96 cents on the dollar” response to the wage gap misses the point

More reason to decimate nonprivate evaluation

Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò wrote a great piece on how he’s a teacher, not a job trainer. I commonly complain about liberal arts institutions being co-opted as job training centers. Táíwò’s article takes the individual perspective, and gets a better personal angle on why this is bad. My usual argument is primarily that life has a lot of awesome stuff to it, and making money really isn’t that much … Continue reading More reason to decimate nonprivate evaluation

There’s plenty of work; we need to direct resources to actually do it

Oregon now allows you to pump your own gas. While there’s some back and forth between people who are very afraid of inserting a nozzle into a hole and people laughing at them, this article points out that thanks to the old law, many people had jobs pumping gas. Most obviously, this means they have money. The advocates of universal basic income (UBI) and automation say … Continue reading There’s plenty of work; we need to direct resources to actually do it

Be honest; people like getting tips

I have noticed most people working for reduced MW plus tips are in favor of the current system, despite the rhetoric about how servers are underpaid. It usually comes up when the “if there were no tips, prices would increase” argument comes up. The counterargument goes: 1. As it stands, if someone is making less than full MW after tips, the employer has to make … Continue reading Be honest; people like getting tips