ReStart Talk: Why children are more costly for female lawyers than for female doctors


Particularly among highly qualified women, having children comes at a high cost. In a virtual public lecture on June 17 at 5 p.m., economist Prof. Dr. Aline Bütikofer from the Norwegian School of Economics will speak about which role inflexible working hours play and for which occupational groups the wage losses are particularly high. The lecture is part of the series “Reinhard Selten Equal Opportunity Talks (ReStart)” – a format that places a special focus on equality issues. Hosted by the ECONtribute Cluster of Excellence at the Universities of Bonn and Cologne the event will take place as part of the “Diversity Week” at the University of Cologne.

According to statistics from the Federal Statistical Office, women in Germany earned on average 19 percent less than men in 2020. To put it another way, men received an average of 4.37 euros more for each hour worked. The wage gap widens especially after the birth of the first child. Highly qualified, high-earning women in particular earn significantly less with a child than men in the same job. In her research, Aline Bütikofer examines the reasons for these disparities. The thesis: The more inflexible the working hours, the greater the loss of pay. Following the half-hour lecture, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the topic.

The event will be held in German via the Zoom conference system. Registrations are possible here.

More information about the event can be found here.

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Carolin Jackermeier

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