Does Economics Have a Gender?
AbstractWe address the issues raised by commentators on our paper in the symposium â€œWhy few women in economics.â€ The commentators suggest that economics is gendered, a male subject reflecting basic differences in menâ€™s and womenâ€™s life preferences and abilities. We find that, while less schooling in mathematics historically may be related to the relative scarcity of women in economics and the natural sciences, today womenâ€™s and menâ€™s mathematical skills are rapidly approaching each other. Experimental economics have found gender differences in preferences in risk taking, competitiveness, and social preferences which may deter women from entering academic fields with an overwhelming majority of men. In addition, the internal academic culture may have developed to adjust to a traditional male lifestyle. Adding everything up, women economists may find their comparative advantage to lie outside the universities.
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Volume (Year): 6 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Economics; women; gender; gender balance; career advancement;
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