It\’s really not that difficult love

Mothers born in 1958 who had children by the age of 40 could expect to earn 32% less than a father born in the same year. Mothers born in 1970 could expect to earn 26% less than the average father by their late 30s.

What the IPPR work also reveals is a surprising \”fatherhood pay bonus\” among men. Fathers born in 1958 could expect to earn 16% more by the age of 40 than childless men. Fathers born in 1970 reap an even higher reward. They earn 19% more than non-dads.

Why should this be so? Academic evidence suggests that fathers earn more because they are compensating for a partner who works less once children arrive. Fathers may also stick at jobs because of their parental responsibility and are rewarded for their loyalty.

It\’s because we\’re mammals m\’dear.

Those titty things that feed the babbies for the first couple of years might be a clue. That rich ugly men get to shag babes might be another.

It just ain\’t complicated.

6 comments on “It\’s really not that difficult love

  1. It ain’t complicated in truth but much of left-wing ideology is predicated on a denial of human nature (in the article linked the Guardianista laments that ‘to father’ isn’t perceived in the same way as ‘to mother’).

    This denial of reality is why lefties so often have to invent hidden conspiracies driven by sexism or racism or class exploitation or homophobia or what-have-you to explain what to the non-deranged are predictable outcomes.

  2. I suspect that employers favour married men with families. Who’ve already proved a degree of loyalty and diligence.

    Of course, want ads that specified “divorcees and bachelors need not apply” would be just as illegal as refusing to employ married women who haven^t yet had babies. But the law and reality are not always the same thing.

  3. On the other hand, the expense of having kids a pretty serious kick up the backside for seeking a raise, extra hours, promotion or even a career change (the solution my mother enforced upon my father so that they’d be able to pay for their brood while she – previously the main earner – took some time out of her career).

  4. One fine day the newborn will have to take out a loan to finance their upbringing.
    Thus leaving mother able to follow her ‘career’ in a button factory or somesuch.

  5. As MyBurningEars said:

    The sheer terror of waking up to the extra financial responsibility made me change jobs for a better paid one.

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