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Gender and graduate economics education in the US

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  • David Colander
  • Jessica Holmes

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This paper reports on the findings of a survey of top economics graduate schools as they relate to women and men. The results provide strong evidence that at these top graduate schools, women graduate students are less integrated in their economic disciplines than are male graduate students. In the second part of the paper, this paper relates those findings to alternative theories as to why this is the case. This paper concludes by suggesting that the emphasis on theoretical studies in the current core of the graduate economics program can be seen as a type of hazing process that seems to have a significant cost since many women (and men) with great creative promise are discouraged from continuing in economics and do not benefit nearly as much as they would have from more policy-driven core courses.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Feminist Economics.

Volume (Year): 13 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 93-116

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Keywords: Education; gender division of labor; gender roles; JEL Codes: A14; A23; I2;

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Cited by:
  1. David Colander & Tiziana Dominguez & Gail Hoyt & KimMarie McGoldrick, 2009. "How Do Median Graduate Economic Programs Differ from Top-ranked Programs?," Middlebury College Working Paper Series 0913, Middlebury College, Department of Economics.
  2. KimMarie McGoldrick & Gail Hoyt & Dave Colander, 2008. "The Professional Development of Graduate Students in Economics," Middlebury College Working Paper Series 0811, Middlebury College, Department of Economics.

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