[Journal:] IZA Journal of Labor Economics [ISSN:] 2193-8997 [Volume:] 7 [Year:] 2018 [Issue:] 2 [Pages:] 1-42
This paper documents the patterns and examines the factors contributing to a gender gap in educational achievements in early seventh grade of schooling using a recent and nationally representative panel of Australian children. Regression results indicate that females excel at non-numeracy subjects at later grades whereas males outperform females in numeracy in all grades, whether at the mean or along the distribution of the test score. Our results also reveal a widening gender test score gap in numeracy as students advance their schooling. Regression and decomposition results also highlight the importance of controlling for pre-school cognitive skills in examining the gender test score gap.
Gender Education Quantile regression Decomposition Australia