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The evolution of the gender test score gap through seventh grade: New insights from Australia using unconditional quantile regression and decomposition

Huong Le and Ha Nguyen

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: This paper documents the patterns and examines the factors contributing to a gender gap in educational achievements in early seventh grade of schooling using a recent and nationally representative panel of Australian children. Regression results indicate that females excel at non-numeracy subjects at later grades whereas males outperform females in numeracy in all grades, whether at the mean or along the distribution of the test score. Our results also reveal a widening gender test score gap in numeracy as students advance their schooling. Regression and decomposition results also highlight the importance of controlling for pre-school cognitive skills in examining the gender test score gap.

Keywords: Gender; Education; Quantile regression; Decomposition; Australia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-02-21
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