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Career Choices and the Evolution of the College Gender Gap

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  • Martín Rossi

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    (Department of Economics, Universidad de San Andres)

  • Christian Ruzzier

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    (Department of Economics, Universidad de San Andres)

We propose a complementary explanation for the evolution of the college gender gap that emphasizes the raising opportunity cost of pursuing a college degree for men, due to the increase in the rewards to becoming a superstar in men-dominated occupations, like professional sports. We support our explanation with causal evidence from a natural experiment in European soccer markets that provides exogenous variation in male earnings in a superstar path. Consistent with our story, we nd a signi cant positive e ect of an increase in male superstar earnings on the ratio of female to male tertiary enrollment in college education.

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Paper provided by Universidad de San Andres, Departamento de Economia in its series Working Papers with number 120.

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Length: 59 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2015
Date of revision: Mar 2015
Handle: RePEc:sad:wpaper:120
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