The Evolution of Gender Gaps in Numeracy and Literacy Between Childhood and Young Adulthood

11 Sep 2019

Public Seminar
14 October 2019
11am – 12pm
AUT Business School 

We invite you to this free public seminar by Dr Marco Paccagnella of the OECD.


Numeracy and literacy skills have become increasingly important in modern labour markets. The existence Of large gender differences in these skills is therefore of potential concern and has spurred a large amount of research in this space. Yet, little is known about the moment in which such gaps emerge, how they evolve, and if their evolution differs across countries.

Dr Paccagnella will discuss his research which utilises data from large scale international assessments to follow representative samples of birth-cohorts over time. Results demonstrate how gender gaps in numeracy and literacy skills evolve from age 10 to age 27.

This seminar is co-hosted by the NZ Work Research Institute and the New Zealand Productivity Commission.