publication . Research . Preprint . 2012

The cost of acting "girly": Gender stereotypes and educational choices

Favara, Marta;
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  • Published: 01 Nov 2012
  • Publisher: Bonn: Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Abstract
This paper looks at horizontal sex segregation in education as a factor contributing to gender segregation in the labor market. Economic theories fail to explain why women with the same years of schooling and educational attainment as men are under-represented in many technical degrees, which typically lead to better paid occupations. Following Akerlof and Kranton (2000), I research whether gender identity affects boys' and girls' educational choices and when the gendered pattern appears first. Further, I test the hypothesis that single-sex schools attenuate the influence of gender-stereotypes. I use the National Pupil Database, which is a register of all pupils...
Subjects
mesheuropmc: education
free text keywords: single-sex schools, gender segregation, Großbritannien, I2, gender stereotypes, Geschlecht, gender segregation, educational choices, gender stereotypes, single-sex schools, J24, J16, educational choices, Berufswahl, Bildungsverhalten, Lohndifferenzierung, Schätzung, jel:I2, jel:J24, jel:J16, ddc:330

Akerlof, G.A. 1997. \Social distance and social decisions." Econometrica 65 (5):1005{ 1027.

Akerlof, G.A. and R.E. Kranton. 2000. \Economics and identity." Quarterly journal of Economics 115 (3):715{753.

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publication . Research . Preprint . 2012

The cost of acting "girly": Gender stereotypes and educational choices

Favara, Marta;