Why do more young women than men go on to tertiary education?
Understanding the gender dynamics in educational transitions can help target policies
to support equitable access to education as well as its quality and labour-market
outcomes. In almost all OECD countries, the gender gap in favour of women is wider
in tertiary education than at upper secondary level. Differences in programme orientation
and girls’ educational performance at school may give them greater access to tertiary
education than boys. Changes in the courses on offer in higher education, and the
social value of a university education for young women may also influence their choices.
In addition, young women tend to gain more from a tertiary degree in the labour market
than their male peers, both in terms of employment and earnings, which may make pursuing
higher education more attractive.
Published on March 08, 2021Also available in: French
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