If you're a married woman with a college degree in the Capital Region, there's a good chance that you have a job outside the home. In fact, the chances are better here than pretty much any other place in the country.
A trio of researchers recently released a working paper (pdf) that looked at census data related to women and education for the top 50 metro areas (fine print). And according to this study, 80 percent of the women with a college degree in the Capital region were in the workforce. That ranked first among the 50 studied metro areas. The region ranked almost as high for women with a high school degree -- it was 5th.
A comparison with other cities over time -- and a little bit about why things shake out this way -- after the jump.
Here's how Albany compares over time with a few other cities for "labor market participation" rates among married women with high school degrees.
source: Black, Kolesnikova, Taylor
OK, but why the variation? The researchers say that traffic seems to be an imporant factor -- the worse the traffic, the fewer women who work outside the home. And while it's not necessarily a measure of traffic exactly, the Albany area has one of the shortest average commutes in the entire country at 19 minutes.
fine print: This study only looked at white non-hispanic women -- the researchers say the sample sizes weren't big enough to include other ethnic groups. Also the study doesn't include data from 1960 because the researchers couldn't get a hold of it.
(via Marginal Revolution)
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