The Impact of Female Teachers on Female Students' Lifetime Well-Being

78 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2022 Last revised: 23 Feb 2023

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David Card

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Ciprian Domnisoru

Aalto University School of Business

Seth Sanders

Cornell University

Lowell J. Taylor

Carnegie Mellon University - H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management

Victoria Udalova

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics; Government of the United States of America - Bureau of the Census

Date Written: September 2022

Abstract

It is widely believed that female students benefit from being taught by female teachers, particularly when those teachers serve as counter-stereotypical role models. We study education in rural areas of the US circa 1940--a setting in which there were few professional female exemplars other than teachers--and find that female students were more successful when their primary-school teachers were disproportionately female. Impacts are lifelong: female students taught by female teachers were more likely to move up the educational ladder by completing high school and attending college, and had higher lifetime family income and increased longevity.

Suggested Citation

Card, David E. and Domnisoru, Ciprian and Sanders, Seth and Taylor, Lowell J. and Udalova, Victoria and Udalova, Victoria, The Impact of Female Teachers on Female Students' Lifetime Well-Being (September 2022). NBER Working Paper No. w30430, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4210017

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