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Ciprian Domnisoru on the impact of female teachers on female students' lifetime well-being

WIDER Seminar Series

Ciprian Domnisoru presents at the WIDER Seminar Series on 2 November 2022.

The impact of female teachers on female students' lifetime well-being


It is widely believed that female students benefit from being taught by female teachers, particularly when those teachers serve as counter-stereotypical role models. We study education in rural areas of the US circa 1940--a setting in which there were few professional female exemplars other than teachers--and find that female students were more successful when their primary-school teachers were disproportionately female. Impacts are lifelong: female students taught by female teachers were more likely to move up the educational ladder by completing high school and attending college, and had higher lifetime family income and increased longevity.

About the author

Ciprian Domnisoru is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Data Science at the Aalto School of Business-Helsinki GSE. His research areas are Labor Economics, Applied Microeconomics and the Economics of Education. He is particularly interested in how labor market institutions and educational policies affect upward mobility.

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