Women in engineering: the role of role models

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Gender disparities in STEM fields participation are a major cause of concern for policymakers around the world. In addition to talent misallocation, low female enrollment rates in STEM careers contribute to gender-based inequalities in earnings and wealth, given the higher average level of earnings in these fields. This paper studies the effects of exposure to role models on female preferences for STEM majors. We conduct a randomized control trial where female senior students currently enrolled in engineering programs at an elite private university in Peru give talks about their...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Gender; Higher education; Industry; Participation; Equity

Keywords: Mentoring; Secondary school; Career awareness; Career choice; Aspirations; Enrolment; Educational background; Policy implications

Geographic subjects: Peru; South America

Published: Essen, Germany: Global Labor Organization (GLO), 2021

Physical description: 62 p.

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Series: GLO discussion paper series; no. 975

Statement of responsibility: M. Agurto, M. Bazan, S. Hari and S. Sarangi

Resource type: Discussion paper

Document number: TD/TNC 146.714

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