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The effect of peer gender on major choice


Zölitz, Ulf; Feld, Jan (2017). The effect of peer gender on major choice. Working paper series / Department of Economics 270, University of Zurich.

Abstract

This paper investigates how the peer gender composition in university affects students' major choices and labor market outcomes. Women who are randomly assigned to more female peers become less likely to choose male-dominated majors, they end up in jobs where they work fewer hours and their wage grows at a slower rate. Men become more likely to choose male-dominated majors after having had more female peers, although their labor market outcomes are not affected. Our results suggest that the increasing female university enrolment over recent decades has paradoxically contributed to the occupational segregation among university graduates that persists in today’s labor market.

Abstract

This paper investigates how the peer gender composition in university affects students' major choices and labor market outcomes. Women who are randomly assigned to more female peers become less likely to choose male-dominated majors, they end up in jobs where they work fewer hours and their wage grows at a slower rate. Men become more likely to choose male-dominated majors after having had more female peers, although their labor market outcomes are not affected. Our results suggest that the increasing female university enrolment over recent decades has paradoxically contributed to the occupational segregation among university graduates that persists in today’s labor market.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:I21, I24, J24
Uncontrolled Keywords:Peer effects, major choice, gender composition
Language:English
Date:November 2017
Deposited On:14 Nov 2017 16:28
Last Modified:14 Nov 2017 18:17
Series Name:Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number of Pages:39
ISSN:1664-7041
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/wp/econwp270.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/workingpapers.php

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