Gender Differences in Educational Attainment: The Case of University Students in England and Wales

23 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2003

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Robert McNabb

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School

Sarmistha Pal

University of Surrey; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Peter J. Sloane

University of Wales, Swansea; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

This paper examines the determinants of gender differences in educational attainment using data for all university graduates. We find that, although women students perform better on average than their male counterparts, they are significantly less likely to obtain a first class degree. There is no evidence that this is because of differences in the types of subject male and female students study or in the institutions they attend, nor does it reflect differences in personal attributes, such as academic ability. Rather, it is differences in the way these factors affect academic achievement that give rise to gender differences in performance.

Suggested Citation

McNabb, Robert and Pal, Sarmistha and Sloane, Peter J., Gender Differences in Educational Attainment: The Case of University Students in England and Wales. Economica, Vol. 69, pp. 481-503, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=320552

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