STEM Programs Preferences and Gender Differences: Evidence from a Discrete Choice Experiment in Colombia

Luz Karime Abadía, Javeriana University

This research studies the declared preferences stated by high-school students for characteristic (or attributes) of STEM and non-STEM higher education programs and their differences by gender. Preferences are identified from a discrete choice experiment (DCE) applied to more than 30,000 students in the last grade of secondary education in Colombia. On average, students prefer degrees with high salary, medium intensity in math, a high proportion of men enrolled, and low dropout rates. On average, females are willing to scarify more of future salary (7.6 perceptual points) compared to males, in order to study programs with low math intensity. 

About the speaker

Luz Karime Abadía is Ph.D. in economics and Master in empirical applications and policies at the University of the Basque Country. At Javeriana University, she is associate professor of the Economics Department, Director of Graduate programs in economics and co-director of Economics of Education Lab. Her research focuses on questions in microeconomics, with a particular emphasis on: labor economics, economics of education and gender studies.  

Venue: Room 0.18 & Zoom

Date: 15 November 2021

Time: 11:30 - 12:30