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Girls who spend more time in class with ‘high-achieving’ boys are less likely to complete a bachelor’s degree, study says

Greater exposure to high-achieving boys in high school negatively impacts girls’ science and math grades, according to a new working paper distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research. It also reduces their likelihood of completing a bachelor’s degree and, according to new data, they pursue two-year degrees instead.

By ages 26 to 32, the research found, these girls also have lower labor-force participation and have more children. (Labor-force participation is defined as employed, on sick leave or temporary disability, on parental leave, or looking for work.) Boys, for their part, were not affected by their high-achieving male or female peers.

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