New Paper Highlights Emerging Gender Gap in Education and Workforce in US

A new paper by David Autor and Melanie Wasserman from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Wayward Sons: The Emerging Gender Gap in Labor Markets and Education - asserts that a new gender gap has emerged in the US, wherein girls and young women outperform boys and young men in both education and key aspects of the workforce. The authors make the case that the decline in male achievement is almost exclusively reserved for males born into single-parent households; while females in single-parent households do OK, boys seem to suffer.

Stay tuned for Essential Skills Ontario’s fourth Becoming State of the Art paper which will examine this issue in the Canadian and Ontario context, specifically on the challenge of engaging male high school dropouts in skills training and promising strategies for ameliorating this problem.

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News Date: 
Thursday, March 21, 2013