You have colleague in Peru at a think tank who is curious about the determinants of the gender
gap for young female professionals.
Your colleague has become aware of recent research by
Marianne Bertrand, Claudia Goldin, and Lawrence Katz, “Dynamics of the Gender Gap for
Young Professionals in the Financial and Corporate Sectors”. She asks you to review the study
and draft a short memo on the key findings and implications of the research.
Your review should comprise a short memo that:
1. Clearly explains the take away story of the research.
2. Briefly summarizes the approach, methodology, and main findings of the research.
3. Assesses the key strengths and weaknesses of the study.
4. Discusses any implications of the study for policy and for understanding the gender gap in
your colleague’s country (Peru).
Your colleague is aware that there are existing commentaries on this particular work and on the
broader questions at hand. She is interested in your own views. Your memo should demonstrate
your technical understanding of the relevant material, but your client does not want to see
mathematical expressions or algebra.