Earnings Gap For Female Attys Stems From Performance Pay

By Lisa Ryan (October 21, 2015, 8:21 PM EDT) -- Law firms' use of performance pay accounts in large part for the persistent gender gap in the legal services industry, since male lawyers bill 10 percent more hours and generate twice the new client revenue than their female counterparts, according to a new study.

An Oct. 13 discussion paper from researchers at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in the U.K., called "Gender Gaps in Performance: Evidence From Young Lawyers," found that the U.S. legal profession's performance assessment standards — typically measured in number of hours billed to clients and the amount of new client revenue — accounts for a large...

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