PhD Candidate, Department of Economics

 

                                                         

Contact Information

Department of Economics
Northwestern University
2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208

yilingzhao2018@u.northwestern.edu

 

 

 

Education

Ph.D., Economics, Northwestern University, 2020 (expected)
MA, Economics, Northwestern University, 2014
BA, Economics, University of Iowa, 2013
BA, Mathematics, University of Iowa, 2013.

Primary Fields of Specialization

Economic History

Secondary Fields of Specialization

Applied Microeconomics

Curriculum Vitae

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Job Market Paper

“Engineering the gender gap: Fall of Women’s Share in Computer Science”

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No college major is inherently male or female. In this paper, I explore how gender traditions in the U.S influence women’s academic preferences today. I make two arguments. First, the scientific fields which involve more women today coincide with those science subjects included in home economics, an exclusively feminine field. Second, the percentage of women in computer science decreases when this major relocates to the Engineering School, a traditionally masculine domain. I argue that shaping computer science into an engineering subject has constrained women’s ability to reallocate their human capital in response to the technology shock brought by personal computers.

Other Research Papers
“Sectarian Competition and the Market Provision of Human Capital” with Heyu Xiong

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References:

Prof Joel Mokyr
Prof Joseph Ferrie
Prof Carola Frydman