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A new study from the University of Chicago reveals how cultural norms in the state where a woman is born affect her earnings throughout her entire life, even if she moves to another state in adulthood. The authors argue that measures of background sexism (common particularly in the South) affect outcomes through the influence of previously-internalized norms. Further, they note that “residential sexism affects labor market outcomes through prejudice-based discrimination by men, and non-labor market outcomes through the influence of current norms of other women.” In other words, the state where a woman lives affects her earnings and opportunities in the labor market, while her likelihood of early marriage and childbearing or entering the labor force at all, is affected by the state where she was born.

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