Despite the fact that more women are attaining higher educational degrees, there is considerable research that documents significantly lower earnings for women holding professional degrees than for men – and the gap increases beyond earning professional degrees.
The report compared male and female returns for undertaking medical degree in primary care as a physician or a PA. The net present value (NPV) for women to become a primary care physician (PCP) was about $1.67 million during a lifetime and $1.68 million to become a PA. For men, the NPV was about $2.3 million to become a PCP, compared with $1.9 million for a male PA.
Investigators concluded that most female physicians did not work enough total billable hours to justify the higher up-front investment of medical school.
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