Study: Women Born In More Sexist States Are More Likely To Have Lower Wages — Even If They Moved

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What do South Dakota, Alaska and Massachusetts have in common?

They're all among the top 10 least sexist states in the country, according to a working paper written by three economists from the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the National University of Singapore.

Beyond sexism rankings, the paper looked at how sexist attitudes in the states where women grew up and the states where they worked as adults affected their wages, workforce participation and age at marriage and childbirth.

Most significantly, the authors found that women who are born in more sexist states are more likely to have children earlier and less likely to stay in the workforce, even if they move to a less sexist state.


Evan Horowitz, Boston Globe's "Quick Study" columnist. He tweets @globehorowitz.

This article was originally published on September 04, 2018.

This segment aired on September 4, 2018.


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