Girls Helping Girls - The Impact of Female Peers on Grades and Educational Choices

40 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2016

See all articles by Pål Schøne

Pål Schøne

Institute for Social Research, Norway

Kristine von Simson

Institute for Social Research, Norway

Marte Strøm

Institute for Social Research, Norway

Date Written: April 8, 2016

Abstract

We use idiosyncratic variation in gender composition across cohorts within Norwegian lower-secondary schools to analyze the impact of female peers on students’ grades and choices of typical masculine subjects (STEM subjects). We find that girls’ performance in mathematics and science increases slightly. Survey evidence suggests that a potential mechanism is an improved classroom environment. More female peers have a larger effect on choices than on performance. Improved performance in STEM subjects can only account for around 20-30 percent of the effects on choices. Instead, the evidence indicates that the mechanism is related to gender norms.

Keywords: gender, education, peer effects

JEL Classification: I21, J16

Suggested Citation

Schøne, Pål and von Simson, Kristine and Strøm, Marte, Girls Helping Girls - The Impact of Female Peers on Grades and Educational Choices (April 8, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2760782 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2760782

Pål Schøne

Institute for Social Research, Norway ( email )

Munthesgate 31
0260 Oslo
Norway

Kristine Von Simson

Institute for Social Research, Norway ( email )

Munthesgate 31
0260 Oslo
Norway

Marte Strøm (Contact Author)

Institute for Social Research, Norway ( email )

Munthesgate 31
0260 Oslo
Norway

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
54
Abstract Views
552
rank
501,840
PlumX Metrics