First Advisor

Sarah Tinkler

Date of Award

Spring 6-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Economics and University Honors






Education Economics, Feminist Economics, Labor Market Outcomes, STEM




This inquiry seeks to establish the effect of a STEM education on labor market outcomes for women. Gender differences in interest and performance in STEM fields begin at an early age, and remain steadfast through education and into the labor market. Due to factors like lack of female role models in STEM, gender stereotypes, and lack of growth mindset in terms of intellectual abilities, women can be discouraged throughout their education from continuing in a STEM education or pursuing a STEM occupation. Using data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002, I determined the effect of a STEM education for women on future wages. My findings indicate that having a bachelor’s degree and being a man are the factors with the largest boost to future earnings. I found that there was not a significant difference in the returns from a STEM education for men and women. The effect of STEM education may not be different for men and women, but women face many obstacles that men may not that could deter them from pursuing a STEM education.


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