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PhD. Economic Development Policy. @ Global Labor Organization, Essen, Germany.


Dr. Doon holds a PhD. in Economic Development Policy, a MSc. in Economics and a BSc. in Economics and Management Studies (with honors) from the University of the West Indies St. Augustine campus. She has undertaken a PhD. Master Class in International Business at the Henley School of Business from the University of Reading. Dr. Doon academic research interests have focused heavily on the intersection between Labor, Gender and Education Economics, as well as Applied Econometrics. Here she investigates a wide range of topics which includes higher education instruction, economic implications of Covid-19, returns to schooling, educational mismatch, environmental justice, trade union militancy, climate change, wage inequality, gender wage gaps, economic development policy, education policy, and social policy. While Dr. Doon specializes in a broad range of research areas, her research interests have focused heavily on Applied and Empirical Economics. She has five active research streams which focuses on the labour market outcomes of Trinidad and Tobago in the areas of: Higher Education, Educational Mismatch, Gender Pay Gap, Social Policy and Covid-19.

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Why are some STEM Fields in Trinidad and Tobago are more Gender Balanced than Others?

The underrepresentation of women in STEM is well documented. It has been linked to poor learning environments and mentorship, as well as gender stereotyping. This causes some STEM fields to become more gender balanced than others. The aim of this article is to investigate why some STEM fields in Trinidad and Tobago are more Gender-Balanced than others, by looking at the wage returns, and the gender wage gap of workers trained in sub-disciplines of STEM. To undertake such a study, the mincerian wage equation is estimated to examine their earnings across the wage distribution for the period 1991-2015 using Labor Force Survey (LFS) data, and the oaxaca-blinder methodology applied to decompose the earnings of workers in their specific areas of expertise. This study finds that there is a gender imbalance across the sub disciplines in STEM, as quantitative based subjects such as physics, and engineering appears to be more male dominated, in comparison, to nursing, and biology which are more qualitative in nature, is more female dominated. Men trained in male dominated fields of medical science and mechanical engineering continued to benefit from high earnings. The largest gender wage gap was found in the fields of medical science (68.5%), computer science (37.7%), and mathematics (19.1%). The paper provides evidence of the gender imbalance which exists within sub-disciplines in STEM and offers a valuable understanding of how issues such as inequality, inclusion and diversity influences the income of men and women in STEM. Keywords Gender Inequality, Higher Education, STEM, Mincerian Earnings Function, Oaxaca-Blinder Decomposition, Wage Gap