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Gendered university major choice: the role of intergenerational transmission

Philipp, Julia (2023) Gendered university major choice: the role of intergenerational transmission. Journal of Population Economics, 36 (2). 1049 - 1097. ISSN 1432-1475

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s00148-022-00900-6


In this paper, I study the role of gender-typical parental occupation for young adults’ gender-typical university major choice using data on a recent cohort of university students in Germany. Results show significant intergenerational associations between the gender typicality in parental occupation and young adults’ majors. As to why these effects occur, findings suggest that the transfer of occupation-specific resources from parents to their children plays an important role and that a transmission of gender roles explains at least some of the father-son associations. The paper contributes to existing literature by introducing a novel measure that operationalises the extent to which majors and occupations are ‘typically female’ or ‘typically male’ and by studying different transmission channels.

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Additional Information: © 2022 The Author
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
L Education > L Education (General)
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement > J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology > Z13 - Social Norms and Social Capital; Social Networks
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I23 - Higher Education Research Institutions
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J16 - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
Date Deposited: 24 May 2022 15:54
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2024 19:18

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