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Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Economic Commentary
The growing difference in college attainment between women and men
Dionissi Aliprantis
Timothy Dunne
Kyle Fee
Abstract

Workers with more education typically earn more than those with less education, and the difference has been growing in recent decades. Not surprisingly, the percentage of the population going after and getting a college degree has been rising as well. Since the late 1970s, though, the increase in college attainment has stalled for men and gathered steam for women. Among college-age individuals, more women now graduate than men. Changes in labor market incentives appear to explain the increased investment in education made by women. But men’s investments in education have been much less responsive to the same incentives


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Dionissi Aliprantis & Timothy Dunne & Kyle Fee, "The growing difference in college attainment between women and men" , Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary, issue Oct, 2011.
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