WiP Seminar: Stephane Mechoulan

Title: "Sibling Gender Composition, Academic Achievements, and Career Aspirations (with Jasmin Kantarevic)"

  • Date: 23 February 2023 from 13:00 to 14:00

  • Event location: Seminar Room - Piazza Scaravilli, 2 + Microsoft Teams Meeting


We examine how sibling gender composition affects high school educational outcomes, college major intentions, career aspirations, and academic self-confidence using large sample size cross sections of the Freshman Survey. We uncover some of the mechanisms explaining how opposite gender siblings produce negative academic impacts and increase stereotypical gender norm attitudes, particularly among girls. We complement the analysis with evidence from the Health and Retirement Survey as well as from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and find concurring results. From there, we sketch the macro implications of the increasing proportion of brotherless girls over the last decades.