Evolution of gender differences in post-secondary human capital investments

College majors

Ahu Gemici, Matthew Wiswall

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Abstract

Although women in the United States now complete more college degrees than men, the distribution of college majors among college graduates remains unequal, with women about two-thirds as likely as men to major in business or science. We develop and estimate a dynamic, overlapping generations model of human capital investments and labor supply. We allow for specific college major choices, instead of aggregating these choices to the education level. Results show that changes in skill prices, higher schooling costs, and gender-specific changes in home value were each important to the long-term trends.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-56
Number of pages34
JournalInternational Economic Review
Volume55
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2014

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Human capital investment
College major
Gender differences
Schooling
Labor supply
Education
Overlapping generations model
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Evolution of gender differences in post-secondary human capital investments : College majors. / Gemici, Ahu; Wiswall, Matthew.

In: International Economic Review, Vol. 55, No. 1, 02.2014, p. 23-56.

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