Data and Code for "The Gender Gap in Undergraduate Economics Course Persistence and Degree Selection"

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
  • Ahlstrom, Laura J. (Oklahoma State University)
  • Asarta, Carlos J. (University of Delaware)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
economics major; gender gap; course persistence; degree selection
  • Abstract

    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 relative grades. Finally, men's economics degree selection is significantly correlated with their math abilities, while women's economics degree selection is correlated with both their math and verbal aptitudes.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2008-01-01 / 2015-12-31
    Time Period: Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2008--Thu Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2015 (Fall 2008 - Spring 2015)
  • 2016-01-01 / 2016-12-31
    Collection Date(s): Fri Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2016--Sat Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2016 (Spring 2016)
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Undergraduate students who completed economics courses at a large, land-grant university
  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/pandp.20191103 (Text)
  • Ahlstrom, Laura J., and Carlos J. Asarta. “The Gender Gap in Undergraduate Economics Course Persistence and Degree Selection.” AEA Papers and Proceedings 109 (2019): 255–60.
    • ID: 10.1257/pandp.20191103 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2019-09-17