The asymmetric gender effects of high flyers

Angela Cools, Raquel Fernández, Eleonora Patacchini

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    Using longitudinal information on a representative sample of U.S. students, we study the effects of exposure to female and male high flyers in high school. We identify a causal effect by exploiting quasi-random variation to peers with highly-educated parents across grades within a school. Greater exposure to male high flyers decreases the likelihood that women obtain a bachelor's degree, lowers their math and science grades, decreases their LFP and increases fertility. They show lower levels of self-confidence/aspirations. The effects are found for girls with below median ability and for those with at least one college-educated parent. There are no effects of high flyers of either gender on boys.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number102287
    JournalLabour Economics
    StatePublished - Dec 2022


    • Cohort study
    • Education
    • Gender
    • High flyers
    • Peers

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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