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Unexplored Dimensions of Discrimination$
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Tito Boeri, Eleonora Patacchini, and Giovanni Peri

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198729853

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729853.001.0001

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Gender Gap in Italy: The Role of College Majors

Gender Gap in Italy: The Role of College Majors

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(p.79) 4 Gender Gap in Italy: The Role of College Majors
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Unexplored Dimensions of Discrimination
Author(s):

Massimo Anelli

Giovanni Peri

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729853.003.0005

Using a novel database on high school careers, college careers and labor market outcomes for a panel of young Italians, this chapter analyzes the role of choice of college major as a determinant of gender gap in income. It finds that the very large difference of choice of college major by females, in favor of Humanities and shunning Engineering and Business majors, explains one third of the gender gap in income. Those differences are very persistent.

Keywords:   college major, high school, careers, Italian students, gender gap, earnings

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