Demography

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 185–194 | Cite as

The educational attainment of young women: Role model effects of female high school faculty

Women’s Educational Attainment, Employment, and Earnings

Abstract

To test for the presence of role model effects of female high school faculty and professional staff on young women in high school, we estimate several models of educational attainment for young women using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Exposure to female high school faculty and professional staff has a positive impact on the educational attainment of young women. This result, combined with our finding that female faculty and professional staff have no significant impact on the educational attainment of young men, supports a female role model hypothesis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsMount Holyoke CollegeSouth Hadley
  2. 2.Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.Washington, DC

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