二、演讲题目：Sex and the Economics Student inChina
Motivated by a widely observed phenomenon inChinathat female college students outperform male students in economics and most of social science subjects, this paper examines gender differences in the performance of college students in the intermediate microeconomics course inChina. In stark contrast to what has been documented in the existing literature, which primarily focuses on developed countries and the U.S. in particular, I find that holding constant the observed student characteristics, female students on average appear to earnhigherscores than male students in China. I further find that the fact that female college students outperform male students inChinais not because of female students’ ability, family background and other unobservable intangible student characteristics. Instead, it is simply a result of female students exerting more effort than male students. The reason why female students exert more effort in learning economics remains unclear.