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Better test scores with a same-gender teacher?

Johan Coenen and Chris Van Klaveren

Abstract

The literature on gender specic educational achievement indicates that primary school teaching has become more and more a female profession and that the lack of male role models in primary education may negatively inuence the school achievement of boys. This study examines if children's math test scores are higher if they are taught by a teacher of their own gender. For this purpose we use unique Dutch data on 2586 primary school children and identify the same-gender eect by estimating an innovative within class between child gender estimation model. The empirical ndings indicate that children's math performance is not inuenced by the gender of their teacher.

JEL-codes: I20  I21  I29

Keywords: Teacher  Student achievement  Gender  Mathematics

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