Revealing Gender-Specific Costs of Stem in an Extended Roy Model of Major Choice

Romuald Meango (Max Planck Institute)

10 décembre 2019, 15h30–16h50

Salle A1 (Level-1)

Econometrics and Empirical Economics Seminar


We derive sharp bounds on the non consumption utility component in an extended Roy model of sector selection. We interpret this non consumption utility component as a compensating wage differential. The bounds are derived under the assumption that potential wages in each sector are (jointly) stochastically monotone with respect to an observed selection shifter. The lower bound is derived in closed form. The lower bound can also be interpreted as the minimum cost subsidy necessary to change sector choices and make them observationally indistinguishable from choices made under the classical Roy model of sorting on potential wages only. The research is motivated by the analysis of women’s choice of university major and their underrepresentation in mathematics intensive fields.