Sergey Lychagin - Central European University

Economics of Education Seminar
When Mar 12, 2021
from 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM
Where Zoom Link
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Sergey Lychagin from Central European University will present "Deconstructing the Placement Gender Gap: Performance versus Preferences".



When good education is free, and at the university level, heavily subsidized, and admissions are transparent and performance based, one might expect there to be little gender bias in placement at the university level. Yet, the college major choice decisions of students vary considerably by gender. Using Turkish data, we examine what lies behind these differences. Two channels seem to dominate: performance differences by gender and differences in preferences across majors. We then estimate a state of the art model of preferences and run counter-factual simulations to evaluate the role of these two channels on the placement gender gap. Finally we show that policy measures, such as giving women preference in STEM subjects, will not work as well as expected and show that more directed policies are needed.  

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