Why Men Get Bigger Pay Hikes Than Women Do

07/22/2012 03:12 pm ET

(MoneyWatch) A new study in the journal Organization Science finds that when managers have to explain their pay-raise decisions to employees, they give more money to men than they do to women -- even if the workers' performance is equal.

But there is no such effect if managers don't have to explain the reasons behind their compensation decisions. In that case, managers give equal raises to men and women, the research shows. What gives? Study author Maura Belliveau, now associate professor of management at Long Island University in New York, told The Globe and Mail

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