Computer Gaming and the Gender Math Gap: Cross-Country Evidence among Teenagers
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ISBN: 978-1-78756-462-6, eISBN: 978-1-78756-461-9
Publication date: 6 August 2018
Using the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) surveys (2003–2015), this chapter explores the relationship between the gender gap in math test scores and computer (digital devices) gaming, as a potential “swimming upstream” factor in the quest to close that gap. Using a decomposition based on a pooled hybrid specification, we attribute two to three points (from 13% to 29%) of the gender math gap to gender differences in the incidence and returns to intense gaming. The comparison of the negative versus positive girl-specific effects found for collaborative games versus single-player games suggest a potential role for gaming network effects.
Algan, Y. and Fortin, N.M. (2018), "Computer Gaming and the Gender Math Gap: Cross-Country Evidence among Teenagers
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