Research Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, Stockholm University
The impact of gender stereotypes on economic growth
Abstract: This paper argues that gender-specific educational choices
have macroeconomic consequences in terms of economic growth. The presence
of a social norm affecting persons choosing gender atypical educations at
the university level generates a suboptimal allocation of ability, which
lowers technological change and the stock of human capital, and thus hurts
growth. The analysis of a cross-section of 88 countries over the period
1970 to 1998 lends empirical support for the importance of the educational
gender stereotypes for economics growth.
Keywords: economic growth; ability; higher education; gender-specific educational choices; social norms; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I21; J16; Z13; (follow links to similar papers)
28 pages, February 1, 2003
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