Using longitudinal information on a representative sample of U.S. students, we study the effects of exposure to female and male high flyers in high school. We identify a causal effect by exploiting quasi-random variation to peers with highly-educated parents across grades within a school. Greater exposure to male high flyers decreases the likelihood that women obtain a bachelor’s degree, lowers their math and science grades, decreases their LFP and increases fertility. They show lower levels of self-confidence/aspirations. The effects are found for girls with below median ability and for those with at least one college-educated parent. There are no effects of high flyers of either gender on boys.

The asymmetric gender effects of high flyers

Patacchini, Eleonora
2022

Abstract

Using longitudinal information on a representative sample of U.S. students, we study the effects of exposure to female and male high flyers in high school. We identify a causal effect by exploiting quasi-random variation to peers with highly-educated parents across grades within a school. Greater exposure to male high flyers decreases the likelihood that women obtain a bachelor’s degree, lowers their math and science grades, decreases their LFP and increases fertility. They show lower levels of self-confidence/aspirations. The effects are found for girls with below median ability and for those with at least one college-educated parent. There are no effects of high flyers of either gender on boys.
2022
2022
Cools, Angela; Fernandez, Raquel; Patacchini, Eleonora
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