Performance in high school doesn’t always predict how much money a person will make, according to a new study from the University of Miami.
Higher grade point averages are associated with making more money later in life, unless you’re a woman.
On average, high-achieving female students with a 4.0 GPA don’t even make as much money as male students who make a 2.5, according to the study that will be published in the upcoming issue of the Eastern Economic Journal.
“Conventional wisdom is that academic performance in high school is important for college admission, but this is the first study to clearly demonstrate the link between high school GPA and labor market earnings many years later,” said the study’s lead author Michael T. French, director of the Health Economics Research Group (HERG) in the Department of Sociology at the UM College of Arts and Sciences.
Women who are full-time workers in the U.S. earn 33 percent less than their male counterparts. When social scientists control for every factor that could explain the pay gap, women still earn 91 percent of what men earn for doing the same job, leading many to believe that gender discrimination is at the heart of the disparity.
This week it was revealed that ousted New York Times editor Jill Abramson was paid considerably less than her male predecessors for more than a decade.