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Do Single-Sex Schools Enhance Students’ Stem (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Outcomes?


Hyunjoon Park


University of Pennsylvania - Department of Sociology

Jere Behrman


University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics

Jaesung Choi


Sungkyunkwan University - Department of Economics

September 18, 2012

PIER Working Paper No. 12-038

Abstract:     
Despite women’s significant improvement in educational attainment, underrepresentation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) college majors persists in most countries. We address whether one particular institution – single-sex schools – may enhance female – or male – students’ STEM careers. Exploiting the unique setting in Korea where assignment to all-girls, all-boys or coeducational high schools is random, we move beyond associations to assess causal effects of single-sex schools. We use administrative data on national college entrance mathematics examination scores and a longitudinal survey of high school seniors that provide various STEM outcomes (mathematics and science interest and self-efficacy, expectations of a four-year college attendance and a STEM college major during the high school senior year, and actual attendance at a four-year college and choice of a STEM major two years after high school). We find significantly positive effects of all-boys schools consistently across different STEM outcomes, whereas the positive effect of all-girls schools is only found for mathematics scores.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: Africa, Economic Shocks, Child Schooling

JEL Classification: N37, E30, I21

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Date posted: September 29, 2012  

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Park, Hyunjoon and Behrman, Jere and Choi, Jaesung, Do Single-Sex Schools Enhance Students’ Stem (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Outcomes? (September 18, 2012). PIER Working Paper No. 12-038. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2153812 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2153812

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Hyunjoon Park
University of Pennsylvania - Department of Sociology ( email )
3718 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6297
United States
Jere R. Behrman (Contact Author)
University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics ( email )
160 McNeil Building
3718 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
215-898-7704 (Phone)
215-573-2057 (Fax)
Jaesung Choi
Sungkyunkwan University - Department of Economics ( email )
110-745 Seoul
Korea
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