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

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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 firs...

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Published
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Not peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Wadham College
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Publisher:
IZA Institute of Labor Economics
Host title:
IZA Discussion Paper Series
Journal:
IZA Discussion Paper Series More from this journal
Issue:
7037
Pages:
1-63
Publication date:
2012-11-30
Acceptance date:
2012-11-30
ISSN:
2365-9793
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pubs:665016
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uuid:28e08b12-58bf-4057-a706-bed116a850c8
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pubs:665016
Source identifiers:
665016
Deposit date:
2017-02-15

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