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Parents pay boys twice as much allowance as girls, company finds. Here's why

In an era when many parents make concerted efforts to ensure that boys and girls have equal opportunities, a recent analysis of American families showed that boys are paid twice as much allowance as girls for doing weekly chores, a trend that underscores the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes.

An analysis of 10,000 families across the U.S. showed that boys earned an average of $13.80 each week compared with $6.71 earned by girls, according to data compiled by BusyKid, an app and web platform that allows kids to receive, spend, donate or invest their allowance.

The findings surprised BusyKid executives, who purposely designed the technology to be "sex

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