Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/260333
Authors: 
Getik, Demid
Meier, Armando N.
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper No. 2021:13
Publisher: 
Lund University, School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, Lund
Abstract: 
We study the impact of early socialization on gender inequality in the labor market. To this end, we link the gender environment in the primary-school cohort to later occupations and wages. We find that women exposed to more girls at this critical age earn more later on, leading to a reduction in the gender wage gap. We explore mechanisms and find that women exposed to a more female-dominated environment select into less gender-stereotypical occupations with higher wage potential. The gender environment at an early age, therefore, shapes career trajectories and lifetime earnings.
Subjects: 
Socialization
school environment
peers
occupational sorting
gender wage gap
JEL: 
D91
I24
I26
J16
J24
J70
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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