Those christened ‘Isabella’ or ‘Anna’ are not likely to study science because their ‘more feminine’ first names mean they are not encouraged to do so.
Here’s a sampling of names, ranked by Figlio according to femininity:
In the article, Figlio noted that “girls with feminine names [are] often typecast,” implying that there is a causal relationship between feminine names and science-avoidance.
Personally, I think that is a dangerous assumption to make.
To me, it seems just as likely that parents who bestow ultra-feminine names have different views on gender than those who prefer masculine-sounding girl names. Therefore, couldn’t underlying parental bias be the root cause of both the names and the attitudes toward science?
Prof. Figlio’s findings will be published in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Human Resources.