Gender Pattern on Success in Economics Classes

18 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2013

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Orhan Kara

West Chester University- Economics & Finance; West Chester University of Pennsylvania - School of Business and Public Affairs

I-Ming Chiu

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers University, Camden

Date Written: April 4, 2013

Abstract

To analyze the effect of gender on learning outcome in economics classes, seven hundred and forty-four principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics students are surveyed at two public universities. After controlling factors such as number of hours worked, SAT, number of missed classes, being a junior, and number of economics courses taken, etc., our main empirical result reveals that gender is a significant factor contributing to learning success as measured by grades. Contrary to past empirical studies that often showed male students excel in economics classes, we find female students seem to perform better than male students, indicating a changing gender pattern.

Keywords: Gender, learning success, principles of economics classes, survey

JEL Classification: A22

Suggested Citation

Kara, Orhan and Chiu, I-Ming, Gender Pattern on Success in Economics Classes (April 4, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2245193 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2245193

Orhan Kara (Contact Author)

West Chester University- Economics & Finance ( email )

Dept. of Economics & Finance
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
United States
610-436-3331 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/sch_sba/u-ec.html

West Chester University of Pennsylvania - School of Business and Public Affairs ( email )

West Chester, PA 19383
United States

I-Ming Chiu

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers University, Camden ( email )

Camden, NJ 08102
United States

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