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Stay-at-Home Peer Mothers and Gender Norms: Short-run Effects on Educational Outcomes

Liwen Chen (), Bobby Chung () and Guanghua Wang ()
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Liwen Chen: East China Normal University
Bobby Chung: St Bonaventure University
Guanghua Wang: Nanjing Audit University

No 2022-039, Working Papers from Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group

Abstract: Increased exposure to gender-role information affects a girl's educational performance. Utilizing the classroom randomization in Chinese middle schools, we find that the increased presence of stay-at-home peer mothers significantly reduces a girl's performance in mathematics. This exposure also cultivates gendered attitudes towards mathematics and STEM professions. The influence of peer mothers increases with network density and when the girl has a distant relationship with her parents. As falsification tests against unobserved confounding factors, we find that the exposure to stay-at-home peer mothers does not affect boys' performance, nor do we find that stay-at-home peer fathers affect girls' outcomes.

Keywords: cultural transmission; gender identity; gender norms; role models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I24 J16 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022-10
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