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The median Asian American woman also earns significantly more than the median black or Hispanic man in the United States.

Or minority Asian privilege? Perry was making a point about how statistics on the gender pay gap tend to be deployed in misleading ways. But look within the data, and you see even more striking examples — which themselves reveal the different dynamics that explain why men and women of different backgrounds earn different wages.

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Compared to non-Hispanic white men, Indian American women actually earn more on average, and Chinese American women earn about the same. This is based on data on annual incomes from the 2014 American Community Survey, which are slightly different from the weekly wage data used by the BLS — but the idea is comparable.

Education has a lot to do with the Asian-woman advantage. Educational attainment is even higher for some ethnic groups. About 72 percent of Indian Americans have four-year college degrees, and a whopping 40 percent have some professional or graduate degree.

Indian Americans are more likely to have advanced degrees than white Americans are likely to have finished college. Here are the gender gaps within racial groups, according to the BLS report: Compared to Asian American men, Asian American women only make 78 cents on the dollar, which is the largest gender gap among these racial and ethnic categories.

The smallest gender gap was among African Americans — black women earn nearly 90 cents on the dollar compared to black men. But this is still a crude way to control for the effect of education. We can break down the data further by looking only at college graduates. Here, it becomes clear that Asian American women with college degrees or more are still at a significant disadvantage compared to non-Hispanic white and Asian American men.

Asian American women are closing the gap with white men, but that’s not the point

On the other hand, female Asian American college graduates are roughly on par with Hispanic and black men. The gender gap persists even if you concentrate on people with professional degrees, such as lawyers and doctors. This just a tiny preview of the kind of slicing and dicing that economists have done trying to explain the gender wage gap. Women tend to take time off to have kids, which impacts their career paths. Women also concentrate in less lucrative occupations and industries, in part because of their own preferences and in part because some male-dominated fields have historically excluded women.

Other studies have found that the gender gap is even smaller if you control for college GPA, or take into account the fringe benefits offered in sectors dominated by women.

Jeff Guo Jeff Guo was a reporter covering economics, domestic policy and everything empirical. He left The Washington Post in April 2017. The story must be told. Your subscription supports journalism that matters.