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Peers from Venus and Mars – higher-achieving men foster gender gaps in major choice and labor market outcomes


Feld, Jan; Zölitz, Ulf (2018). Peers from Venus and Mars – higher-achieving men foster gender gaps in major choice and labor market outcomes. In: Cesifo Area Conferences : Economics of Education, München, 31 August 2018 - 1 September 2018, online.

Abstract

This paper investigates how achievement of university peers affects men’s and women’s course choices, major choices, and labor market outcomes. Exploiting random assignment of students to sections, we find that higher-achieving male peers cause men to take more mathematical courses. This effect persists in the labor market where men end up in higher-paying jobs. Women with higher- achieving male peers choose fewer mathematical courses and majors. These women end up in jobs where they earn less but are more satisfied. Thus, it is not obvious whether women’s exposure to
high-achieving male peers benefits or harms them.

Abstract

This paper investigates how achievement of university peers affects men’s and women’s course choices, major choices, and labor market outcomes. Exploiting random assignment of students to sections, we find that higher-achieving male peers cause men to take more mathematical courses. This effect persists in the labor market where men end up in higher-paying jobs. Women with higher- achieving male peers choose fewer mathematical courses and majors. These women end up in jobs where they earn less but are more satisfied. Thus, it is not obvious whether women’s exposure to
high-achieving male peers benefits or harms them.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gender, major choice, peer effects
Language:English
Event End Date:1 September 2018
Deposited On:05 Sep 2018 13:20
Last Modified:05 Sep 2018 18:30
Publisher:CESifo Group Munich
Additional Information:Wärend der Konferenz wurde dieser Beitrag mit dem "Distinguished CESifo Affiliate Award" ausgezeichnet
OA Status:Green
Official URL:http://www.cesifo-group.de/ifoHome/research/Network/Distinguished-CESifo-Affiliate-Award/Affiliates-EE-Economics-of-Education.html

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