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Abstract:
This paper investigates the interaction between cultural norms and neighbourhood characteristics, in the context of the gender gap in math. Using high-quality Swedish administrative data, I estimate the effect of mothers' country-of-origin gender norms on the gender gap in math among second-generation immigrant siblings, and I exploit a refugee placement policy to obtain random variation in location characteristics. I show that the sibling gender gap in math increase with maternal culture of traditional gender norms, but that local labour market gender equality can almost completely mitigate the negative cultural norm effect.