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Folbre blogs: “Girly jobs” don’t pay well

Nancy Folbre

Nancy Folbre, UMass Amherst economics professor, writes her weekly column in the Economix blog about why what she calls “girly jobs,” teaching, caring for children or elders, social services and many parts of the health care industry, don’t pay as well as more male-oriented jobs. She says part of the problem is that economic outputs of this type of work isn’t easily measured in a market-based economic system and therefore isn’t highly valued. (New York Times, 8/16/10)

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