CNN Money has a new article up claiming that men with children magically earn more than childless men (H/T Sunshine Mary): It pays to be a dad
Dads had a median salary of $49,000 compared to around $29,000 for men without kids.
“Parenthood is giving advantages to men but not to women,” said Justine Calcagno, a social psychologist and author of the report.
The sad thing is very few can spot the problem with this logic. Men who have families to support have larger expenses than single, childless men. This means they have to work harder to earn more money. They all but tripped over this fact while rushing to their false conclusion:
Overall, 92% of dads are employed full-time compared to 77% of non-dads, who are more likely to be part-time workers.
Even to the extent that managers prefer fathers over childless men, the reason is that they know the father is much more motivated.
Everyone understands this when talking to a young man who wants to someday have a family. Everyone knows the young man had better work hard if he wants to be able to support a family. But once the family man has done what he needs to do, this is suddenly proof not of sacrifice by men, but of unfairness to women. Even most conservatives can’t spot the flawed thinking.
We see the same nonsensical thinking regarding findings that married men earn more than unmarried men:
“Particularly for men, marriage typically brings what has been called the ‘marriage premium’ where married men with identical experience and education make more money than their single counterparts.”
Edit: Here is a link to the original study. The ‘Mommy Tax’ and ‘Daddy Bonus’