Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/183263
Authors: 
Munir, Farzana
Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper No. 1804
Abstract: 
In this paper, we decompose worldwide PISA mathematics and reading scores. While mathematics scores are still tilted towards boys, girls have a larger advantage in reading over boys. Girls' disadvantage in mathematics is increasing over the distribution of talents. Our decomposition shows that part of this increase can be explained by an increasing trend in productive endowments and learning productivity, although the largest part remains unexplained. Countries' general level of gender (in)equality also contributes to girls' disadvantage. For reading, at the upper end of the talent distribution, girls' advantage can be fully explained by differences in learning productivity, but this is not so at lower levels.
Subjects: 
Gender gap
Test scores
PISA
Mathematics
Reading
JEL: 
I23
I24
J16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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