Abhay Aneja and colleagues reveal that daughters of civil servants who were more exposed to female co-workers during WWI were significantly more likely to work. For each standard deviation increase in exposure to female co-workers, the gender gap in labor force participation for children narrowed by over 4 percentage points. This represents a 9% decline in the average labor force participation gap. Importantly, these effects were

Driven by increased labor force participation of daughters (sons are unaffected) Strongest for children who, at the time of exposure, were teenagers Present even for children who moved away from their parents’ original city

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