Perceived Wages and the Gender Gap in Stem Fields

20 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2018 Last revised: 4 Oct 2019

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Aderonke Osikominu

University of Hohenheim

Gregor Pfeifer

The University of Sydney

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Date Written: February 2018

Abstract

We estimate gender differences in elicited wage expectations among German University students applying for STEM and non-STEM fields.

Descriptively, women expect to earn less than men and also have lower expectations about wages of average graduates across different fields.

Using a two-step estimation procedure accounting for self-selection, we find that the gender gap in own expected wages can be explained to the extent of 54-69% by wage expectations for average graduates across different fields. However, gender differences in the wage expectations for average graduates across different fields do not contribute to explaining the gender gap in the choice of STEM majors.

Keywords: college major choice, Gender Gap, STEM, wage expectations

JEL Classification: I21, J16, J31

Suggested Citation

Osikominu, Aderonke and Pfeifer, Gregor, Perceived Wages and the Gender Gap in Stem Fields (February 2018). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP12719, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3126213

Aderonke Osikominu (Contact Author)

University of Hohenheim ( email )

Stuttgart
Germany

Gregor Pfeifer

The University of Sydney ( email )

University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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