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Effect of female elementary-school homeroom teachers on time preferences in adulthood

Yamamura, Eiji and Kang, Myong-Il and Ikeda, Shinsuke (2020): Effect of female elementary-school homeroom teachers on time preferences in adulthood.

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Abstract

Using teacher–student random gender matching and hand-collected individual-level data, we examine how female teachers in elementary schools influence students’ time preferences in adulthood. Our major finding is that female teachers lead pupils to have lower time discount rates. Furthermore, this effect on male pupils is larger than on female pupils.

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