Higher Education

On this page, you will find summaries of research articles on the topic of women and higher education. Most of the articles will deal with gender differences in the choices that students make for their fields of study. The objective of these summaries is to better inform society on the importance of these choices, how to reduce gender differences in choices for fields of study, and the future of the labor market. 

How institutions and gender differences in education shape entrepreneurial activity: a cross-national perspective

Dilli, S., & Westerhuis, G. (2018).  Small Business Economics, 1-22.

The article investigates the role of gender differences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education during different stages of entrepreneurial activity. Key takeaways:

  1. The gender gap in science education is negatively correlated with entrepreneurial activity.
  2. Women “are generally less likely to engage in all three stages of entrepreneurial activity” (perceived opportunities to start a business, the knowledge intensiveness of the sector in which they start their business, and their growth aspirations). 
  3. A country’s economic activity would benefit from closing the gender gap in science, as it would stimulate innovative entrepreneurial activity.

Read the article "How institutions and gender differences in education shape entrepreneurial activity: a cross-national perspective" or the summary of the article (PDF, 431 Ko). This summary has been written by Rawane Yasser, Research Assistant for the Women in Business Chair. The researchers who wrote the original article are independent from the Chair.

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