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"The highest names list suggests that many well paid jobs in the Ontario public sector still go to people with traditional Scottish, English, Welsh or Irish names. Is this an artifact of age?"

The first place I'd look is not *age* but rather *number of years in Canada*. Recent immigrants are far less likely to have had time to work their way up through the ranks, especially in such a seniority-driven system as the public sector.

FWIW, this immediately reminded me of "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics", from about February 2, on XKCD: https://xkcd.com/1950/

Maybe great minds think alike... and certainly, correlations often work weirdly.

How'd you get MacDonald on both the highest and lowest paid list? If it's due to case-sensitivity, I can assure you that us Mac's have no control over how our names are entered, so you should set that aside.

jj - I hadn't noticed that! There is a similar anomaly with pay variations among different variations on Steve/Steven/Stephen:

Steves earn more than Stevens, but not as much as Stephens pic.twitter.com/VBcdrHzzmU

— Frances Woolley (@franceswoolley) February 5, 2018

I wonder if there is a correlation between age and case - so people who were hired in 1980 or 1990, and had their names entered into old computer system, don't get the capital D, whereas more recent hires' names were entered into computer systems that could accept more spelling variations.

Paul, yes, very much the same kind of thing! I don't remember if I saw that xkcd cartoon before or after writing this post.

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