The Gender Gap in Secondary School Mathematics at High Achievement Levels: Evidence from the American Mathematics Competitions

@article{Ellison2009TheGG,
  title={The Gender Gap in Secondary School Mathematics at High Achievement Levels: Evidence from the American Mathematics Competitions},
  author={Glenn Ellison and Ashley Swanson},
  journal={CESifo: Economics of Education (Topic)},
  year={2009}
}
This paper uses a new data source, American Mathematics Competitions, to examine the gender gap among high school students at very high achievement levels. The data bring out several new facts. There is a large gender gap that widens dramatically at percentiles above those that can be examined using standard data sources. An analysis of unobserved heterogeneity indicates that there is only moderate variation in the gender gap across schools. The highest achieving girls in the U.S. are… Expand
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