The early parenthood years hit women in the pocket. Photo: Hasse Holmberg/Scanpix.
pay divide

Male graduates' pay is 168,000 SEK higher

The pay gap between men and women in Sweden continues, and it widens during the early parenthood years. Highly educated 45-year-old men earn 40 percent more than women with the same education, according to a study from a labour research institute, and published by Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

The Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (IFAU), also surveyed university educated men born in the early sixties and found that they still accounted for 70 percent of household income in their families while woman with the same education accounted for half.

"The woman's share of total household income is extremely flat over time. During this era, women still made great progress in the labour market", says Anna Sjögren, an economist and one of the authors of the IFAU report "Do you have to choose?" and featured in the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

On the reason why men earn more than women, Anna Sjögren tells SvD.

"Women often choose career paths that means less time on the job in the long run. They work more part-time than men and have longer maternity leave. Any such career breaks, especially in a high-yielding career, is costly. You can not be a part-time CEO".

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