Is it better to be blonde or brunette in the workplace? That’s the question Geni Dechter set out to solve in her research on the US 1980 – 1996 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.
The researcher from the University of New South Wales Australian School of Business, now merged with the Australian Graduate School of Management, found that higher educated blondes tend to start entry-level jobs with “significantly lower wages” than their dark-haired sisters. This equates to a “wage gap” of 9 % for the college educated female group of blondes to their brunette colleagues, noted Dechter a brunette herself. All is not lost though for flaxen-haired employees, as long as they play the waiting game in their careers.
“The wage difference between blonde and brunette disappears with job market experience. Five years into their careers, there's almost no gap between them,” said Dechter.
Originally published in Knowledge@Australian School of Business, read the original article 'Blond Ambition: Are Brunettes Paid More Because They're Worth It?'
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