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Huffington Post Uses Flawed Data From Elizabeth Warren’s Office in Failed Attempt to Erase Her Gender Pay Gap

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The enemedia and leftist politicians: both inveterate, unapologetic, brazen liars.

“Huffington Post Uses Flawed Data From Elizabeth Warren’s Office in Failed Attempt to Erase Her Gender Pay Gap,” by Brent Scher, Washington Free Beacon, April 7, 2017:

Salary data provided by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s office to outlets such as the Huffington Post paint a misleading picture of employment in the Massachusetts Democratic senator’s office and fail to disprove the fact reported Tuesday that Warren paid men significantly more than women in 2016.

Warren’s office failed to respond to numerous emails from the Washington Free Beacon for the Tuesday report, which found that the median salary for men that worked for Warren in 2016 was $21,000 higher than the median salary for women.

Instead it reached out to the Huffington Post, a liberal publication owned by telecom giant Verizon, which on Wednesday published an article titled “No, Elizabeth Warren Doesn’t Pay Women Less Than Men” that said the Free Beacon “misleadingly accused” the Massachusetts senator of gender pay inequality by using “incomplete data.”

The data that Warren’s office supplied to the Huffington Post, which was shared with the Free Beacon by reporter Laura Bassett, fails to disprove that Warren paid men significantly more than women in 2016 and is statistically flawed.

Warren’s office included every employee that has ever worked in the office, regardless of how long, in its calculations. It then took “the average salary that employee earned over the course of the time they worked for Warren,” according to the Huffington Post, and then took the median of those averages for each gender. After jumping through those hoops, it found that the median salaries were nearly identical, with women coming out slightly on top $44,108 to $43,348.

The decision to look at numerous years rather than just a single fiscal year—the preferred method of both the Free Beacon and U.S. Census Bureau—was the first mistake made by Warren’s office, according to Mark Perry, a University of Michigan economics professor and scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

“If you look at multiple years of salary data, there is too much turnover and changes in staff to make any valid comparisons of gender differences in income,” Perry said.

After analyzing both sets of data, Perry pointed out that the high level of turnover at lower-paid positions is what pulled median salaries so far down in the analysis done by Warren’s office.

“Since there is much greater turnover at the lower-paid positions compared to the higher-paid positions, it would be difficult to design a statistical methodology to account for the turnover of younger workers/staffers,” Perry said….

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