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Ana Trindade Ribeiro

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Graduate Student Research Funding | 2020 - 2021 Academic Year

Can a Growth Mindset Intervention Reduce the Gender Gap in Challenge-Seeking Behavior and Competitiveness?

The gender pay gap has fallen substantially since the early 1970s, but women's wages are still far from reaching parity with men's. Ribeiro's dissertation explores the effect of a growth mindset intervention on female attitudes towards challenges and competitions, and how they can affect women's choices of educational attainment, college major, and career path. To date, Ribeiro collected and analyzed baseline data of a pilot version of this project. She was able to recruit 322 participants (56% female) through an NGO that provides private school vouchers and counseling to students from low-income families in Brazil. This pilot provided evidence of gender gaps in challenge-seeking and competitive behavior that can be potentially reduced by a growth mindset intervention. However, a larger scale is necessary to investigate the intervention's effect.

Ana Trindade Ribeiro, School of Education

Ana Trindade Ribeiro

Ana Trindade Ribeiro is a PhD student in the Graduate School of Education. Her interests center on the intersection of development, public and behavioral economics. Trindade Ribeiro dedicates her research to understanding the effect of policies that target inequality in developing countries, focusing on educational and labor market opportunity differences for minorities and women. Prior to attending Stanford, she obtained a BA in economics from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and an MA in economics from University of São Paulo (Brazil).

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