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Using Eurostat data I've found that regions of Europe with more women than men (i.e. female biased sex ratio) have higher GDP and lower unemployment than areas with male biased sex ratios. any idea why this might be? Cheers

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    $\begingroup$ Could you share a link to your datatable? In case this is not possible: could you control for population density, e.g., look only at areas with less than 10 people/km^2? $\endgroup$ – Giskard Feb 6 '20 at 18:35
  • $\begingroup$ And when you say "regions", what granularity are you talking about? $\endgroup$ – Fizz Feb 7 '20 at 7:31
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I believe this is generally true in the US, and I'll offer at a few reasons that are sometimes suggested here.

  1. Women are more likely to go to college than men, and colleges tend to be located in higher productivity areas.
  2. Women are more likely to live and work in cities (a majority in 81 of the 100 largest cities but a majority in only 58 percent of small metropolitan areas ), and wages are higher in cities.
  3. Depending on the sample period, for much of the time since 2007 female unemployment rates have been lower than the male rate, so you might expect places with more women to have have lower unemployment rates.
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