Friday, May 9, 2008

Why Don't Married Women Work?

From Tyler over at MR. Too interesting to pass up. What do you think?

" If you're a married woman living in the New York City area, there's a better than 50 percent chance that you don't work, according to a recent analysis of Census data by economists affiliated with the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank.

More specifically, only 49 percent of white high school-educated married women in their prime working ages were holding down jobs in the New York area as of the 2000 Census. To put that in perspective, there are roughly 2 million woman over 15-years-old who are married in the New York area.

The national average for this particular demographic is 67 percent. At the other end of the spectrum is Minneapolis where almost 80 percent of these married women are employed -- that's larger than the percentage of working men aged 25 and older in the U.S.

And why is this?

Surprisingly, the economists argue, the most important specific thing seems to be traffic.

And if you do work in these traffic-heavy areas, you are likely to work more hours. But is it all causal?

With all due respect to The Walker Art Center, if I wanted to be a kept woman I would not start my quest in Minneapolis. High density, as you find in Manhattan, means lots of fun things to do in your copious free time as a kept woman and also a higher degree of income inequality and thus the hope of snaring a rich man. There's a reason why they didn't set Sex in the City in Paramus and most of the women there will be working even when the traffic gets worse."
Tyler got the pointer here.
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Anonymous said...

Again, location calls the shots on this one. It makes more sense for this scenario to exist in a place like NYC than middle America.

Anonymous said...

How would women's Lib read this?
And how about non-working men in their 50's who lead leisurely lives in the Big Apple? Wait, do they exist?

Anonymous said...

Location, location, location. And this is not just a line annoying Hollywood producers find relevant! Place does matter. To most of us.