Do counter-stereotypical female role models impact women's occupational choices?

Chhaochharia, Vidhi ; Du, Mengqiao ; Niessen-Ruenzi, Alexandra

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2022
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization : JEBO
Volume: tba
Issue number: tba
Page range: tba
Place of publication: Amsterdam [u.a.]
Publishing house: Elsevier
ISSN: 0167-2681 , 1879-1751
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > ABWL u. Corporate Governance (Niessen-Ruenzi 2012-)
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: This paper examines the relation between counter-stereotypical female role models and women's labor supply and occupational choices. Using hand-collected data from Gallup surveys that cover more than 50 years, we create a direct measure of counter-stereotypical female role models based on the fraction of local survey respondents who state that they admire famous women in business, politics, or science. We show that admiring counter-stereotypical female role models is associated with more women participating in the labor market, working in male-dominated and STEM industries, and taking managerial positions, which eventually alleviates the gender pay gap.

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