Brown Bag Seminar: Historical roots of women’s occupational choices: the role of family ties

Speaker:  Cristina Elisa Orso - Insubria University
  Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 12:00 PM Aula Vaona


Women continue to be underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In this paper, we explore the influence of gender roles and stereotypes transmitted down to children by their parents, teachers, or society at large in shaping the probability of women sorting in STEM occupations. Using a sub-population of second-generation immigrants from the European Social Survey (ESS), we find that intergenerationally transmitted cultural backgrounds related to stronger family ties that emphasize the importance of rules and social norms significantly reduce the probability of women sorting into STEM and high-skilled white collar occupations, as well as the likelihood of being in the labor force. The results are robust to a rich set of parental and geographical controls and several potential confounding factors at the country of origin level. 

Programme Director
Maurizio Malpede

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Publication date
October 4, 2023