The Gender Gap in Undergraduate Economics Course Persistence and Degree Selection

  title={The Gender Gap in Undergraduate Economics Course Persistence and Degree Selection},
  author={Laura J. Ahlstrom and Carlos J. Asarta},
  journal={AEA Papers and Proceedings},
This study examines male and female course persistence and choice of economics degree via a combination of student, instructor, and structural characteristics. We find that students of both genders who declare economics as their major are more likely to take additional economics courses than their non-major peers. Additionally, students' economics grades are a significant determinant of course persistence and degree selection, but men and women respond somewhat differently to their absolute and… 

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