Gender, Single-Sex Schooling and Maths Achievement
Aedín Doris (),
Donal O'Neill () and
Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series from Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth
This paper uses data on 9 year old Irish children to examine the determinants of mathematical achievement among young children. We find that boys perform better in maths than girls and that this gender gap is driven by differences at the top of the achievement distribution. While there is no difference between the proportion of boys and girls in the bottom quartile of the maths distribution, boys are significantly over-represented in the top quartile. We exploit the fact that single-sex schooling is widespread in Ireland to test whether the gender composition of schools affects this gender maths gap. Contrary to suggestions in the literature, we find no evidence that single-sex schooling reduces the gap. In fact the maths gap is larger for children educated in single-sex schools than in co-educational schools.
JEL-codes: J24 I2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 18 pages
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Journal Article: Gender, single-sex schooling and maths achievement (2013)
Working Paper: Gender, Single-Sex Schooling and Maths Achievement (2012)
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