Tuesday, November 10, 2009

that pay gap

Short piece looking at gender wage issues in Pennsylvania in the PG today. It's not a topic that really ought to forced into a few sentences.  Most have seen this, but last year we put out a report on the causes of Gender Wage Disparity in Pittsburgh.  And for the wonk-obsessed there is a bunch of gender data in another piece:  EEO Employment Data for Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Region.

But one of the more important things that has defined the "transformation" of Pittsburgh has been the role of women in the workforce.  See the report for the full story, but an amazing quote from the 1947 is this:
(Pittsburgh) will, however, slowly decline unless new industries employing women and those engaged in the production of consumer goods are attracted to the area.
Something else I put in that report that really tells a story (many stories?) unto itself.  For one less than obvious angle, I actually am only now realizing the diaspora story embedded in this graph.  No time to get into it, but ponder this:

Also note (again) the impact of age in the constant debate over how 'educated' Pittsburgh is.  What do we have a disproportionate number of?  Old folks maybe... but in particular older women since women live longer than men in general.  Most metrics of educational attainment at the regional level aggregate together everyone age 25 and over without accounting for age issues.  So consider how different our relative ranking is when comapred to other regions like that compared to looking at just narrow age cohorts.. in partciular the youngest age folks who represent how well we have been doing at educating folks in the recent decade or so. 


Blogger Ms. Monongahela, Ms. Chief Editor said...

Glad you addressed this. I was thinking the same thing. You can't just put it out there like that without breaking it down. Well, you *can*, but it does warrant explanation.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 7:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FWIW, the Chronicle of Higher Ed posted a blog discussion on Monday about whether there are too many college students. Charles Murray and somebody else argued that only a small percentage of college-aged students have the requisite mental skills to succeed in college. Those saying there aren't too many college students said if you can meet the criteria and afford the tuition, you should be able to attend.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 2:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Up until the 45 category it seems to be within statistical margin of error-- and even then it's close.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 7:13:00 AM  

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