Is the future female?

Is the future female? Educational and occupational aspirations of teenage boys and girls in the UKis a Centre for Longitudinal Studies Working Paper by Lucinda Platt and Sam Parsons examining the educational expectations and occupational aspirations of contemporary teenagers in the UK.

It makes use of information collected from participants in the Millennium Cohort Study as they turned 14 to provide contemporary evidence on these aspirations and to identify how far these choices differ across boys and girls, when taking account of relevant family and individual characteristics (including socio- economic background and cognitive ability).

The research also explores the role of personality traits, in particular risk-taking propensity, in shaping gender-atypical future orientations.