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The Math Gender Gap: The Role of Culture

Natalia Nollenberger (), Núria Rodriguez-Planas () and Almudena Sevilla ()

American Economic Review, 2016, vol. 106, issue 5, 257-61

Abstract: This paper investigates the effect of gender-related culture on the math gender gap by analysing math test scores of second-generation immigrants, who are all exposed to a common set of host country laws and institutions. We find that immigrant girls whose parents come from more gender-equal countries perform better (relative to similar boys) than immigrant girls whose parents come from less gender-equal countries, suggesting an important role of cultural beliefs on the role of women in society on the math gender gap. The transmission of cultural beliefs accounts for at least two thirds of the overall contribution of gender-related factors.

JEL-codes: I20 J15 J16 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.p20161121
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