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

40 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2020 Last revised: 16 Oct 2021

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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 M. Rintala

University of Colorado at Denver - Department of Economics

Nathan Wozny

US Air Force - Department of Economics and Geosciences

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Date Written: March 2020

Abstract

Although women earn approximately 50 percent of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) bachelor’s degrees, more than 70 percent 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 choice 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.

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Mansour, Hani and Rees, Daniel I. and Rintala, Bryson M. and Wozny, Nathan, The Effects of Professor Gender on the Post-Graduation Outcomes of Female Students (March 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3550970

Hani Mansour (Contact Author)

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Daniel I. Rees

University of Colorado Denver ( email )

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Denver, CO 80218
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Bryson M. Rintala

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

Campus Box 181
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
United States

Nathan Wozny

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

Colorado Springs, CO
United States

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