Academic Achievement and the Gender Composition of Preschool Staff

56 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2018

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Mette Gørtz

University of Copenhagen, Department of Economics

Eva Rye Johansen

Aarhus University

Marianne Simonsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business

Abstract

This paper uses register based data covering the entire population of Danish children enrolled in preschool in 2006-2007 to investigate whether the gender composition of preschool staff members affects the timing of school start and subsequent academic performance. To estimate effects of the share of male staff member in preschools, we exploit within-preschool differences in teacher gender composition across time. We find that the share of male staff improves child outcomes and that gains are larger for boys who did not have access to male teachers previously and among children with less readily access to male role models.

Keywords: preschool, teacher gender, redshirting, child development

JEL Classification: J13

Suggested Citation

Gørtz, Mette and Johansen, Eva Rye and Simonsen, Marianne, Academic Achievement and the Gender Composition of Preschool Staff. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11913, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3286173

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Eva Rye Johansen

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Marianne Simonsen

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