Leaving Boys Behind: Gender Disparities in High Academic Achievement

@article{Fortin2013LeavingBB,
  title={Leaving Boys Behind: Gender Disparities in High Academic Achievement},
  author={Nicole M. Fortin and Nicole M. Philip Shelley Oreopoulos and Nicole M. Philip Shelley Phipps},
  journal={Journal of Human Resources},
  year={2013},
  volume={50},
  pages={549 - 579}
}
Using data from the “Monitoring the Future” surveys, this paper shows that from the 1980s to the 2000s, the mode of girls’ high school GPA distribution has shifted from “B” to “A,” essentially “leaving boys behind” as the mode of boys’ GPA distribution stayed at “B.” In a reweighted Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition of achievement at each GPA level, we find that changes to gender differences in post-secondary expectations, in particular expectations for attending graduate or professional school, are… CONTINUE READING

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