EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Nevertheless She Persisted? Gender Peer Effects in Doctoral STEM Programs

Valerie Bostwick and Bruce Weinberg

No 25028, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: We study the effects of peer gender composition, a proxy for female-friendliness of environment, in STEM doctoral programs on persistence and degree completion. Leveraging unique new data and quasi-random variation in gender composition across cohorts within programs, we show that women entering cohorts with no female peers are 11.9pp less likely to graduate within 6 years than their male counterparts. A 1 sd increase in the percentage of female students differentially increases the probability of on-time graduation for women by 4.6pp. These gender peer effects function primarily through changes in the probability of dropping out in the first year of a Ph.D. program and are largest in programs that are typically male-dominated.

JEL-codes: I23 J16 O3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-gen
Note: ED LS
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (25) Track citations by RSS feed

Published as Valerie K. Bostwick & Bruce A. Weinberg, 2022. "Nevertheless She Persisted? Gender Peer Effects in Doctoral STEM Programs," Journal of Labor Economics, vol 40(2), pages 397-436.

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.nber.org/papers/w25028.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: Nevertheless She Persisted? Gender Peer Effects in Doctoral STEM Programs (2022) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:nbr:nberwo:25028

Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from
http://www.nber.org/papers/w25028

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A.. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ().

 
Page updated 2024-01-31
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:25028