In the Balance

Equal Pay Vs. Free Market Economics: Lessons from Sport and Hollywood

April 9, 2016

This week In the Balance takes a look at the gender pay debate through the public arenas of sport and film. Off the stage and field, what lessons can be learnt in everyday business? Last month, world tennis number one Novak Djokovic ignited controversy by saying male tennis players should get more money than their female counterparts, is he right if the men’s game brings in more money? Over in tinsel town actresses like Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawrence are shining a light on gender pay discrepancy – but is it vulgar to talk about money when you are already earning millions of dollars? The BBC’s Ed Butler hears from retired US goalkeeper Briana Scurry - one of the first women to participate in a woman’s paid professional league- Terry Lawler, Executive Director of ‘New York Women in Film & Television’ and labour market economist Andrew Chamberlain. Image: Actress Jennifer Lawrence, Credit: Getty Images

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