Perceived Wages and the Gender Gap in Stem Fields

20 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2018

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Aderonke Osikominu

University of Hohenheim

Gregor Pfeifer

The University of Sydney

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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: gender gap, wage expectations, college major choice, STEM

JEL Classification: I21, J16, J31

Suggested Citation

Osikominu, Aderonke and Pfeifer, Gregor, Perceived Wages and the Gender Gap in Stem Fields. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11321, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3129265 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3129265

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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