By John Carney, CNBC.com
Women are often paid less than men because women tend not to negotiate their salaries.
The common response to this is to tell women to negotiate more. The trouble, however, is that men seem to be biased against women who negotiate.
.Kevin Drum at The Nation describes a study on the subject.
Their study...found that women's reluctance [to negotiate] was based on an entirely reasonable and accurate view of how they were likely to be treated if they did...."What we found across all the studies is men were always less willing to work with a woman who had attempted to negotiate than with a woman who did not," Bowles said. "They always preferred to work with a woman who stayed mum. But it made no difference to the men whether a guy had chosen to negotiate or not."
Megan McArdle at The Atlantic adds:
When I was in business school, I learned about a case that had been run experimentally. I may hash some of the details, but the gist is that half the classes that
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Not surprisingly, the way men and women shop online mirrors very closely how they shop offline, according to Andrew Robertson, CEO at advertising agency BBDO.
The differences in how men and women shop online mirror very closely how they shop offline, says BBDO CEO Andrew Robertson.Men tend to be very task-focused when they shop online, Robertson said. "They don't shop, they hunt," he said, adding that they tend to make purchases at night.
Women, however, tend to think of shopping as "a journey" and they are more likely to buy during their lunch breaks between noon and 1 p.m., he said.
The result: When it comes time to make a purchase, men shop online for an average of 10 minutes before they complete their purchase, while a woman may take about 14 minutes or so - or about 40 percent longer.
So why can't a woman shop more like a man? The answer is: she can. But that tends to occur when the pressure is on to make a speedy purchase. For example, on a day like Black Friday or Cyber Monday the gender gap narrows, according to Robertson.
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Want to know how the economy's doing? Check the meat aisle.
.In the middle of the recession, grocery stores were slashing prices on everything, including high-end food items - some offered lobster at lunchmeat prices and others offered steak for $5.
That all seemed pretty shocking, but the situation seems to have gotten even worse. Now, filet mignon has made the top 10 list of things people shoplift, according to a list compiled by Adweek.
There are some predictable items on the list - like booze, razor blades and Elmo dolls.
But filet mignon?
Yep. Police say that choice cuts of meat are the most common thing people steal at grocery stores. And, for that matter, grocery stores are the No. 1 place thieves go to steal. The loss rate for "luxury meat," as it's called, jumped 21 percent between 2009 and 2011, according to Justice Department statistics.
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Have a friend who would squeal with joy at receiving bacon-scented soap? How about a relative who's always dreamed of owning a Barack Obama Chia pet?
Well, you're in luck. Retailers are selling another batch of gag gifts this year that may be perfect for those on your list whose sense of humor is slightly off the beaten path.
But we're still on the fence about whether these gifts are on the cool side of stupid or the stupid side of cool. It's a tough call.
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We've scoured the Web, searching everywhere from ThinkGeek.com to the aptly named PerpetualKid.com to the Home Shopping Network, to find some ideas for the jokester on your list.
Many gifts were pretty far-fetched, but mostly they just made us giggle.
We came up with 10 of the wackiest gift ideas for the upcoming holidays - everything from instant underpants to a Harry Potter remote control.
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Move aside New York, Paris, and London. India may be quickly rising to fashion's front row.
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A Gucci Group store at the DLF Emporio luxury shopping center in New Delhi, India.Unlike in the past, overseas retailers will now be allowed foreign ownership in India at a 51 percent rate for multi-brand retailers like Wal-Mart Stores and Tesco and at 100 percent for retailers with a single brand. This is a first for the large retail chains like Wal-Mart and Tesco, who are welcoming the flexible business models.
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In November 2011, West Hollywood, Calif., became the first city in the U.S. to ban the sale of clothing made of animal fur. The ban goes into effect in 2013 , and animal rights activists are hopeful that it will lead other cities to adopt similar measures and, ultimately, end the practice of using animal fur entirely.
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If history is any indication, even an all-out nationwide ban on animal fur is unlikely to squelch demand. Rather, the likelihood is that it would simply create a black market for such items. After all, many luxury goods have existed for centuries and enjoyed widespread popularity despite official bans, and stiff penalties and long prison sentences for those found trafficking in or purchasing such goods. Clothing with animal fur has always had an image of luxury and sophistication for those who wear it, and banning it would likely do little to change that.
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The world's biggest and most important cities aren't often the best places in which to live. High levels of crime, traffic congestion, and long commutes can worsen the quality of life. So which are the best cities to live in the world?
We've put together a list of the world's 15 best cities, according to human resources consulting firm Mercer's 2011 quality of living survey. The annual report looks at living conditions in 221 cities worldwide and ranks them against New York as a base city in 10 categories such as economy, socio-cultural environment, politics, education, and the health sector.
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Cities in some of the world's biggest economies, including the U.S., Japan, and Britain, missed the cut. So, which cities made the list?
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For many people, the word eating challenge evokes the iconic scene in the movie "The Great Outdoors,"when John Candy tackles "The Old 96er" to the chagrin of his digestive tract. More recently, the Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food" show has popularized eating challenges, which have increasingly become a strategy for restaurants across the country to make a name for themselves, draw in new customers, and simply have fun.
For those testing their fortitude through eating challenges, clearing a plate of outrageously large or spicy meals will often win them a T-shirt, their photo on the wall, and dinner on the house. There are some challenges, however, that push the limits of consumption and no individual has yet to cross the proverbial finish line.
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By Christina Cheddar Berk, CNBC.com
Thanksgiving Prices on the Rise
Please pass the peas - and the wallet - Thanksgiving dinner will cost quite a bit more this year.
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation's survey, turkey dinner and all the fixings will cost about $49.20, or about 13 percent more than it did last year.
That's the biggest increase in years. Blame the recent boom in crop and livestock prices, which pushed up the cost of nearly every item on the Thanksgiving shopping list.
Prices for commodities have risen due to poor weather, which shrank the size of U.S. crops, and retailers are being more aggressive about passing those costs along to consumers.
Click ahead to see how the costs break down per item. All costs are based on the prices collected by 141 volunteer shoppers in 35 states, who are asked by the AFBF to hunt for the least expensive prices, but not take advantage of promotional coupons or other purchase deals.
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One of the biggest and tallest roller coasters in the world, Leviathan will dominate the park's landscape. Leviathan is Wonderland's 16th coaster.
Opening: May 2012
Ride Manufacturer: Bollinger & Mabillard
Track Length: 5,486 feet
Lift Height: 306 feet
Angle of Descent: 80 degrees
First Drop Speed: 92 mph Ride
Duration: 3 minutes, 28 seconds
Total Investment: $28 million
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