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Perceived Wages and the Gender Gap in STEM Fields

Aderonke Osikominu and Gregor Pfeifer

No 12719, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: We estimate gender differences in elicited wage expectations among German University students applying for STEM and non-STEM fields. Descriptively, women expect to earn less than men and also have lower expectations about wages of average graduates across different fields. Using a two-step estimation procedure accounting for self-selection, we find that the gender gap in own expected wages can be explained to the extent of 54-69% by wage expectations for average graduates across different fields. However, gender differences in the wage expectations for average graduates across different fields do not contribute to explaining the gender gap in the choice of STEM majors.

Keywords: college major choice; Gender Gap; STEM; wage expectations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 J16 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-02
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