A new report has just found that female hosts on Airbnb earn less than male hosts in the United States. What’s behind?
A curious finding has just been released a few days ago by a report by The Conversation newspaper , which determined that those women who rent their properties through Airbnb in the United States earn an average of around 25% less for a year in comparison with their male counterparts in the same income concept.
With this study it is possible to see that there is a marked wage gap in another area that has been little explored until now in the world of business in the United States. In fact, this figure is only slightly higher than that recorded in terms of gender wage levels, recorded by the United States Census Bureau, which speaks of more than $4,000 dollars of lower income for a year.
This analysis reveals that the average rate per night for a female hostess’s listing was $30 cheaper than that of male hosts, explains The Conversation.
This data was discovered after examining the public profiles of 8,000 hosts who are positioned in various US cities.
The group decided to focus on lists where a single host appears and also appear as active. Host names were classified as male or female, and those that were ambiguous in determining were excluded from the study.
Then the price per night and the number of nights they had sold over a year were taken. This is how the earnings of hosts and hostesses in the United States were determined. The number of years a host had been active has also been a key factor.
“We found that women make up just over half (53%) of hosts and have slightly more valuable property than male hosts. We found no significant difference between the number of years male and female hosts have been active on the platform.
Regarding the reasons why Airbnb hostesses have better incomes are not so clear, but it may be a cultural factor that women consider their properties to be of less value than those owned by men, since the offer for lower rates.
“A 2007 study found that compared to women, men negotiate higher payouts in negotiation situations. And a 2009 study of gender differences in professional fee-setting found that women tend to charge less than men for the same services because they tend to be more relationship-oriented with their clients, which can lead them to charge higher prices lower”, concludes the report.