Age at Pubertal Onset and Educational Outcomes

24 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2011

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Anna Dreber

Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Economics

Emma von Essen

University of Aarhus - Department of Economics and Business; Stockholm University - Department of Economics

Eva Ranehill

Stockholm School of Economics

Date Written: September 27, 2011

Abstract

Education has important short and long run implications for individual outcomes. In this paper we explore the association between age at pubertal onset and educational outcomes in a sample of Swedish girls. Previous research suggests that girls that mature earlier perform worse in school compared to girls that mature later. To test if this is also true among Swedish girls, we investigate the association between pubertal development and grades, educational aspirations and educational choice. We also investigate whether changes in risk attitudes, time preferences and priorities concerning school versus friends mediate this potential correlation. We confirm that earlier maturing girls have lower grades and lower educational aspirations, but find that they make educational choices similar to those of later maturing girls. Furthermore, we do not find that these differences in grades and aspirations are mediated by risk attitudes, time preferences or priorities.

Keywords: educational outcomes, puberty, pubertal timing, grades

JEL Classification: I00, J10, J16

Suggested Citation

Dreber, Anna and von Essen, Emma and Ranehill, Eva, Age at Pubertal Onset and Educational Outcomes (September 27, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1934188 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1934188

Anna Dreber

Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Economics ( email )

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Sweden

Emma Von Essen

University of Aarhus - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

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Denmark

Stockholm University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Eva Ranehill (Contact Author)

Stockholm School of Economics ( email )

PO Box 6501
Stockholm, 11383
Sweden

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