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ERIC Number: EJ1253998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-May
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
Women in STEM: Does College Boost Their Performance?
Gomez Soler, Silvia C.; Abadía Alvarado, Luz Karime; Bernal Nisperuza, Gloria Lucia
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, v79 n5 p849-866 May 2020
This article uses an added value measure to assess the gender-specific impact of attending a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program. Using the results of the mandatory Colombian national exit exams, we compare the math and reading scores at the end of high school and at the end of college by gender. A difference-in-differences technique combined with propensity score matching is used to address selection bias. We find that the gender-related achievement gap in math and reading scores increases after college affecting women. The gap is larger for those individuals studying a STEM major in comparison with a non-STEM major. Moreover, we find that the gender gap is higher in public and accredited universities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colombia
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