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Feb
5
2020

PAS L+L: Ashley Wong & Francesca Truffa - Effect of Beliefs and Gender Roles on Girls' Math Education

When: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: 620 Library Place, room 106, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Program of African Studies   847.491.7323

Group: Program of African Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings

Description:

Join the Program of African Studies as we provide lunch and a lecture.

Ashley Wong & Francesca Truffa, Northwestern University

Effect of Beliefs and Gender Roles on Girls' Math Education

Abstract:

In Ghana, a large gender gap in participation exists across fields of study in senior secondary school; in home economics, 89.6% of students are girls while in general science, only 34% are girls (Ministry of Education, 2013). Recent literature suggests that schooling choices of girls are particularly influenced by societal beliefs about their math ability, labor market opportunities, and the role of women in the society (Agbley, 2015; Ajayi and Buessing, 2015). If parents’ and girls’ beliefs result from a lack of information, then providing information about potential math abilities and returns to math education in terms of labor market and family outcomes may increase investments in girls’ math education. We conduct an RCT in Ghana to investigate how providing these different types of information affect parents’ and children’s investments in math education in terms of time, schooling expenditures, girls’ aspirations, secondary school enrollment rate, and the field of study. 

Bios:

Ashley Wong is a fourth-year PhD student in Economics. Her research interests are in development, labor and gender economics. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2014. Prior to coming to Northwestern, she worked as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  

Francesca Truffa is a fourth-year PhD student in Economics. Her research interests are in labor, development, and gender economics. She graduated with a Research Masters in Economics from Universie' Catholique de Louvain. Prior to coming to Northwestern, she worked as teacher and research assistant at Louvain.

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