Role Models and Women in College

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Proposal Description:

This project links digitized university registers, high school teacher directories, and medical licensure records from the early 20th century to measure the ‘role model’ effect of the arrival of the first female college-educated professional in small California towns on the educational attainment and occupational choices of young women from that town.

The data have been collected and mostly cleaned, and a first set of statistical analysis has been conducted. The Tobin RA will improve the historical data quality, adapt and expand the existing quasi-experimental statistical analysis, fully conduct that analysis, and help to write a working paper presenting the resulting estimates.

Requisite Skills and Qualifications:

Coursework in econometrics and experience with Stata. A broad interest in empirical economic research, as well as interest in labor economics and/or the economics of education. Successful RAs will be detail-oriented and able to work independently.