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EARNING STATISTICS ARE MISLEADING

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I hate to see a fine paper like the Deseret News repeat misleading statistics provided by special interest groups like the Institute for Women's Policy Research. The numbers they report are the result of deliberately overlooking significant factors in order to get the "right" results.

Years ago, my college statistics professor discussed this type of study that compares the earnings of men and women, with women at that time earning less than 60 percent nationally of what men earned. He pointed out that other studies, done at that same time, showed significantly less difference between men's and women's earnings because they were designed to compare workers in the same fields and with the same work experience. In such studies, women earned about 95 percent of what men earn - and in some fields they earned more than the men.It may be too much to expect the public to learn how to read and analyze statistical studies, but I would appreciate it if your reporters would use better judgment before passing on misleading information.

Ronald D. Hathcock

Provo