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Gender disparities, career choices, and wage dynamics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics occupations in Brazil

This project investigates the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations in Brazil. Prior research found that women in STEM fields publish less, are paid less for their research, and do not progress in their careers as far as men. This project will analyze national longitudinal data on firms and employees in research institutions, government-owned enterprises, and private enterprises to understand the causes and consequences of these gender gaps.

Tracing changes over 15 years will enable the researchers to track both the entry and the progression of workers in STEM fields through their careers. The approach will enable researchers to determine whether the STEM gender gap can be explained primarily by wage differences at the beginning of the career or by career path differences. Identifying these disparities and their determinants is fundamental to guide policies that aim to reduce gender gaps in STEM.

This project was selected for funding as part of IDRC’s call for proposals “Breaking systemic barriers to women’s participation in science”.

Project ID
Project Status
36 months
IDRC Officer
David O'Brien
Total Funding
CA$ 206,600.00
Education and Science
Education and Science
Foundations for Innovation
Institution Country
Project Leader
Cecilia Machado
Fundação Getúlio Vargas