Gender Differences in Educational Attainment: Evidence on the Role of Tracking from a Finnish Quasi-experiment
AbstractIn this paper we study the relationship between the timing of tracking of pupils into vocational and academic secondary education and gender differences in educational attainment and income. It is argued that in a comprehensive system, where students are tracked into vocational and academic schools relatively late (age 15-16), girls are more likely to choose the academic track than boys. We exploit the Finnish comprehensive school reform of the 1970s to analyse this hypothesis. This changed the Finnish school system from a selective to a comprehensive structure and postponed tracking from the age of 10-11 to 15-16. Since the reform was not implemented at the same time throughout the country, we can observe members of the same cohorts under both systems. The shift to a comprehensive system was found to increase gender differences in the probability of choosing an academic secondary education and of continuing onto academic tertiary education. Moreover, the reform decreased the gender wage gap in adult income by four percentage points. Copyright � The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics" 2008 .
Download InfoIf you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.
Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Scandinavian Journal of Economics.
Volume (Year): 110 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Contact details of provider:
Web page: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1467-9442
You can help add them by filling out this form.
CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
- Korthals Roxanne, 2012.
"Selection and tracking in secondary education: A cross country analysis of student performance and educational opportunities,"
ROA Research Memorandum
014, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).
- Korthals R.A., 2013. "Selection and tracking in secondary education; A cross country analysis of student performance and educational opportunities," Research Memorandum 054, Maastricht University, Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE).
- Korthals Roxanne, 2012. "Selection and Tracking in Secondary Education; A cross country analysis of student performance and educational opportunities," Research Memorandum 050, Maastricht University, Maastricht Research School of Economics of Technology and Organization (METEOR).
- Pekkarinen, Tuomas, 2012. "Gender Differences in Education," IZA Discussion Papers 6390, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- Rainer, Helmut & Selvaretnam, Geethanjali & Ulph, David, 2011.
"Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in a model of fertility choice,"
Munich Reprints in Economics
19815, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
- Helmut Rainer & Geethanjali Selvaretnam & David Ulph, 2011. "Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in a model of fertility choice," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 24(3), pages 1101-1132, July.
- Rainer, Helmut & Selvaretnam, Geetha & Ulph, David, 2008. "Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) in a Model of Fertility Choice," SIRE Discussion Papers 2008-09, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
- Helmut Rainer & Geethanjali Selvaretnam & David Ulph, 2008. "Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) in a Model of Fertility Choice," Discussion Paper Series, Department of Economics 200801, Department of Economics, University of St. Andrews.
- Bertrand, Marianne, 2011. "New Perspectives on Gender," Handbook of Labor Economics, Elsevier.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Wiley-Blackwell Digital Licensing) or (Christopher F. Baum).
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.