Career Choices and the Evolution of the College Gender Gap
Martín Rossi and
Christian Ruzzier ()
No 120, Working Papers from Universidad de San Andres, Departamento de Economia
We propose a complementary explanation for the evolution of the college gender gap that emphasizes the raising opportunity cost of pursuing a college degree for men, due to the increase in the rewards to becoming a superstar in men-dominated occupations, like professional sports. We support our explanation with causal evidence from a natural experiment in European soccer markets that provides exogenous variation in male earnings in a superstar path. Consistent with our story, we find a significant positive effect of an increase in male superstar earnings on the ratio of female to male tertiary enrollment in college education.
Keywords: gender gap; superstars; education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 J16 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 59 pages
Date: 2015-03, Revised 2015-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lma and nep-ltv
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (2) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
https://webacademicos.udesa.edu.ar/pub/econ/doc120.pdf First version, 2015 (application/pdf)
Journal Article: Career Choices and the Evolution of the College Gender Gap (2018)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:sad:wpaper:120
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Working Papers from Universidad de San Andres, Departamento de Economia Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Tamara Sulaque ().