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Gender, Single-Sex Schooling and Maths Achievement

  • Aedin Doris

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    (Economics,Finance and Accounting National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

  • Donal O'Neill

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    (Economics,Finance and Accounting National University of Ireland,)

  • Olive Sweetman

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    (Economics,Finance and Accounting National University of Ireland,)

This paper uses data on 9 year old Irish children to examine the determinants of mathematical achievement among young children. We find that boys perform better in maths than girls and that this gender gap is driven by differences at the top of the achievement distribution. While there is no difference between the proportion of boys and girls in the bottom quartile of the maths distribution, boys are significantly over-represented in the top quartile. We exploit the fact that single-sex schooling is widespread in Ireland to test whether the gender composition of schools affects this gender maths gap. Contrary to suggestions in the literature, we find no evidence that single-sex schooling reduces the gap. In fact the maths gap is larger for children educated in single-sex schools than in co-educational schools.

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