ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Discrimination. un « risque d’interruption de carrière »...
Translated Saturday 21 August 2010, by Helen Robertshawand reviewed by
Carried out by Dominique Meurs and Ariane Pailhé of INED , and Sophie Pontieux of INSEE , the study published by OFCE  focuses on women in the 39-49 age category. It shows that “men earn on average 17% more than women who haven’t interrupted their career for family reasons”.
Only 30% of this gap can be explained by “differences in observable characteristics” (less part-time work among men, who occupy higher-ranking positions, in better-paid sectors). And 70% is due to the behaviour of employers who penalise the mere “risk of a career break”.