The Effects of Professor Gender on the Post-Graduation Outcomes of Female Students

61 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2018

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Hani Mansour

University of Colorado at Denver - Department of Economics

Daniel I. Rees

University of Colorado Denver; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Bryson Rintala

United States Air Force Academy

Nathan Wozny

US Air Force - Department of Economics and Geosciences

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Abstract

Although women earn approximately 50% of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) bachelor's degrees, more than 70% of scientists and engineers are men. We explore a potential determinant of this STEM gender gap using newly collected data on the career trajectories of United States Air Force Academy students. Specifically, we examine the effects of being assigned female math and science professors on occupation and postgraduate education. We find that, among high-ability female students, being assigned a female professor leads to substantial increases in the probability of working in a STEM occupation and the probability of receiving a STEM master's degree.

Keywords: gender gap, STEM occupational choice, post-graduate education

JEL Classification: I20, J16, J24

Suggested Citation

Mansour, Hani and Rees, Daniel I. and Rintala, Bryson and Wozny, Nathan, The Effects of Professor Gender on the Post-Graduation Outcomes of Female Students. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3253479 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3253479

Hani Mansour (Contact Author)

University of Colorado at Denver - Department of Economics ( email )

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Daniel I. Rees

University of Colorado Denver ( email )

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Denver, CO 80218
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Bryson Rintala

United States Air Force Academy ( email )

Colorado Springs, CO
United States

Nathan Wozny

US Air Force - Department of Economics and Geosciences ( email )

Colorado Springs, CO
United States

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