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How Is the Career Choice of a Medical Speciality Dependent on Gender Inequality in the Region

Author(s): Mgr. Lenka Šlegerová ,
Type: IES Working Papers
Year: 2022
Number: 12
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Published in: IES Working Papers 12/2022
Publishing place: Prague
Keywords: gender inequality, medical speciality choice, unemployment gap
JEL codes: I18, I23, J16
Suggested Citation: Šlegerová L. (2022): "How Is the Career Choice of a Medical Speciality Dependent on Gender Inequality in the Region" IES Working Papers 12/2022. IES FSV. Charles University.
Abstract: Using a unique survey of almost 2,000 Czech and Slovak medical students run in 2020 and 2021, the paper investigates whether gender inequality and stereotypes as proxied by the gender unemployment rate gap drive students' choices of specialities. The data suggest that the higher the gender unemployment rate gap in the region (by 1 p.p.), the higher the probability its permanent residents choose a respective gender-dominated speciality (by 3.9 p.p.). This effect is driven by men in the sample. However, women report significantly more frequently encountering discrimination during the undergraduate training (41% vs 23%), presumably influencing their speciality choices. The study demonstrates the need to combat the prevalent gender stereotypes and discriminatory behaviour.
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