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Persistent Effects of Teacher-Student Gender Matches

Jaegeum Lim, Jonathan Meer

NBER Working Paper No. 24128
Issued in December 2017
NBER Program(s):Economics of Education, Labor Studies

We exploit data from middle schools in Seoul, South Korea, where students and teachers are randomly assigned to classrooms, and find that female students taught by a female versus a male teacher score higher on standardized tests compared to male students even five years later. We also find that having a female math teacher in 7th grade increases the likelihood that female students take higher-level math courses, aspire to a STEM degree, and attend a STEM-focused high school. These effects are driven by changes in students' attitudes and choices.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w24128

 
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