The serious reason boys do worse than girls”

Washington Post; January 28, 2016

A team of econ­o­mists from MIT, Northwestern, and the University of Florida has been inves­ti­gat­ing the ques­tion of the female advan­tage using a vast trove of data col­lect­ed by the state of Florida. In their pre­lim­i­nary research, they have found that upbring­ing counts for a lot. The gen­der gap gets wider in poor­er fam­i­lies. Girls from dis­ad­van­taged back­grounds are much more like­ly to suc­ceed than boys raised under the same circumstances.