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Catching up to girls: understanding the gender imbalance in educational attainment within race

Aucejo, Esteban M. and James, Jonathan (2019) Catching up to girls: understanding the gender imbalance in educational attainment within race. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 34 (4). pp. 502-525. ISSN 0883-7252

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Identification Number: 10.1002/jae.2699

Abstract

We estimate a sequential model of schooling to assess the major contributing factors to the large gender imbalance in educational attainment within racial groups. First, we find that differences between males and females in measures of early behavior account for the majority of the gender gap for each racial group. Second, we show that black males have the largest response to improvements in family background characteristics, such that equalizing the distribution of family background characteristics for black and white youths reduces the gender gap in college enrollment among black youth by 50%.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Economics
Centre for Economic Performance
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2020 12:30
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2020 05:35
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/103003

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