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STEM Parents and Women in Finance

33 Pages Posted: 30 May 2017 Last revised: 18 Oct 2017

Renee B. Adams

University of New South Wales, Department of Banking and Finance; ECGI; FIRN; ABFER

Brad M. Barber

University of California, Davis

Terrance Odean

University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business

Date Written: October 12, 2017

Abstract

We show parental careers differentially affect the future career choices of girls and boys using survey data from CFA Institute members. Among CFA Institute members, women are more likely to have a STEM parent (particularly a STEM mother) than men. Relative to the base rates at which girls and boys become CFA Institute members, STEM mothers increase the girls’ rate by 48% more than the boys’ rate; STEM fathers increase the girls’ rate 29% more than the boys’ rate. Our findings are consistent with the hypothesis that early role models, particularly female role models, influence women’s choice of finance careers.

Keywords: Women, Gender, Finance, CFA, Investment Industry

JEL Classification: J16, J22, G00, G20

Suggested Citation

Adams, Renee B. and Barber, Brad M. and Odean, Terrance, STEM Parents and Women in Finance (October 12, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2975898

Renée Adams

University of New South Wales, Department of Banking and Finance ( email )

Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia
+61(2)93854280 (Phone)

ECGI

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Belgium

HOME PAGE: http://www.ecgi.org

FIRN

C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Queensland
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.firn.org.au

ABFER

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1 Business Link
Singapore, 117592
Singapore

Brad Barber (Contact Author)

University of California, Davis ( email )

Graduate School of Management
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States
530-752-0512 (Phone)
530-752-2924 (Fax)

Terrance Odean

University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business ( email )

545 Student Services Building, #1900
2220 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
510-642-6767 (Phone)
510-666-2561 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/faculty/odean.html

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