Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/177125
Authors: 
Osikominu, Aderonke
Pfeifer, Gregor
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 11321
Abstract: 
We estimate gender differences in elicited wage expectations among German University students applying for STEM and non-STEM fields. Descriptively, women expect to earn less than men and also have lower expectations about wages of average graduates across different fields. Using a two-step estimation procedure accounting for self-selection, we find that the gender gap in own expected wages can be explained to the extent of 54-69% by wage expectations for average graduates across different fields. However, gender differences in the wage expectations for average graduates across different fields do not contribute to explaining the gender gap in the choice of STEM majors.
Subjects: 
gender gap
wage expectations
college major choice
STEM
JEL: 
I21
J16
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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