Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Kurt von Seekamm

Abstract

Using the IPUMS USA database and the American Community Survey sample for the year of 2018, this paper seeks to explain how graduating with a bachelor’s degree in a female dominated major can affect post-graduation earned income. Increases in the percentage of female students within a field of study have negative effects on an individual’s earned income. Even after controlling for the percentage of female students within a degree field, there is an additional penalty to one’s income for working within a female dominated industry.

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