Women ask for pay increases just as often as men but receive them less, study says

Findings seem to debunk perception that women lack assertiveness when negotiating salaries, a common explanation for wage gap

Men and women ask for pay increases at the same rate, according to a new study, which seems to debunk one of the most common explanations cited for the persistence of a gender wage gap.

Using data collected from 4,600 Australian workers across more than 800 employers, the study from the University of Wisconsin in the US and the University of Warwick and Cass Business School in the UK found “no difference” in the likelihood of asking between the two genders. A lack of assertiveness in negotiations is often cited as a potential reason why women might make less money than men for similar work.

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