The Growing Female Advantage in College Completion: The Role of Family Background and Academic Achievement

  title={The Growing Female Advantage in College Completion: The Role of Family Background and Academic Achievement},
  author={Claudia Buchmann and Thomas Albert DiPrete},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={515 - 541}
In a few short decades, the gender gap in college completion has reversed from favoring men to favoring women. This study, which is the first to assess broadly the causes of the growing female advantage in college completion, considers the impact of family resources as well as gender differences in academic performance and in the pathways to college completion on the rising gender gap. Analyses of General Social Survey data indicate that the female-favorable trend in college completion emerged… 

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