The impact of gender stereotypes on economic growth
Anne Boschini ()
No 2003:4, Research Papers in Economics from Stockholm University, Department of Economics
This paper argues that gender-specific educational choices have macroeconomic consequences in terms of economic growth. The presence of a social norm affecting persons choosing gender atypical educations at the university level generates a suboptimal allocation of ability, which lowers technological change and the stock of human capital, and thus hurts growth. The analysis of a cross-section of 88 countries over the period 1970 to 1998 lends empirical support for the importance of the educational gender stereotypes for economics growth.
Keywords: economic growth; ability; higher education; gender-specific educational choices; social norms (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 J16 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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