Mentorship and Role Modeling, In and Out of the House: Evidence from High School Girls in Saudi Arabia

14 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2022

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Alessandra González

University of Chicago - Department of Economics

Inmaculada Macias-Alonso

Harvard University

Jennifer Peck

Swarthmore College

Date Written: March 28, 2022

Abstract

The labor market in Saudi Arabia has changed dramatically over the past 20 years, with rapid increases in women's employment in the private sector. We investigate the role of mentoring in helping female high school students navigate this new economic reality. We use a random-priority invitation design to estimate the effects of an after-school formal mentoring program for female high school students in Riyadh. We explore how these effects are influenced by the presence of possible within-household role models during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. We find that the formal mentoring program increases professional aspirations and that these effects are magnified when students have fathers and working mothers in the house during the lockdown.

Suggested Citation

González, Alessandra and Macias-Alonso, Inmaculada and Peck, Jennifer, Mentorship and Role Modeling, In and Out of the House: Evidence from High School Girls in Saudi Arabia (March 28, 2022). University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2022-48, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4071909 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4071909

Alessandra González (Contact Author)

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Inmaculada Macias-Alonso

Harvard University ( email )

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Jennifer Peck

Swarthmore College

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