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Women Helping Women? Role Model and Mentoring Effects on Female Ph.D. Students in Economics

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  • David Neumark
  • Rosella Gardecki

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One potential method to increase the success of female graduate students in economics is to encourage mentoring relationships between these students and female faculty members, via increased hiring of female faculty, or having female faculty serve as dissertation chairs for female students. This paper examines whether either of these strategies results in more successful outcomes for female graduate students, using survey information on female graduate students and faculties of Ph.D.-producing economics departments. The empirical evidence provides virtually no support for the hypothesis that initial job placements for female graduate students are improved by adding female faculty members, or by having a female dissertation chair. However, female faculty members appear to reduce time spent in graduate school by female students.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

Volume (Year): 33 (1998)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 220-246

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:33:y:1998:i:1:p:220-246

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  1. Hilmer, Michael J. & Hilmer, Christiana E., 2006. "Women Helping Women in Agricultural Economics? Same-Gender Mentoring and Early Career Research Productivity for Agricultural Economics Ph.D.s," 2006 Annual meeting, July 23-26, Long Beach, CA, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association) 21067, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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  3. Butler, Daniel M. & Butler, Richard J., 2011. "The Internet's effect on women's coauthoring rates and academic job market decisions: The case of political science," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 30(4), pages 665-672, August.
  4. Cardoso, Ana Rute & Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf, 2007. "Mentoring and Segregation: Female-Led Firms and Gender Wage Policies," IZA Discussion Papers 3210, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  5. Scott E. Carrell & Marianne E. Page & James E. West, 2009. "Sex and Science: How Professor Gender Perpetuates the Gender Gap," NBER Working Papers 14959, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  6. Steven Bednar & Dora Gicheva, 2014. "Are Female Supervisors More Female-Friendly?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 104(5), pages 370-75, May.
  7. Holmlund, Helena & Sund, Krister, 2005. "Is the Gender Gap in School Performance Affected by the Sex of the Teacher?," Working Paper Series, Swedish Institute for Social Research 5/2005, Swedish Institute for Social Research.
  8. Hoffman, Florian & Oreopoulos, Philip, 2009. "A Professor Like Me: Influence of Professor Gender on University Achievement," CLSSRN working papers, Vancouver School of Economics clsrn_admin-2009-13, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 02 Feb 2009.
  9. Jihui Chen & Qihong Liu & Sherrilyn Billger, 2013. "Where Do New Ph.D. Economists Go? Recent Evidence from Initial Labor Market," Journal of Labor Research, Springer, Springer, vol. 34(3), pages 312-338, September.
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  11. Joyce P. Jacobsen, 2003. "Do Women and Non-economists Add Diversity to Research in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics?," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 29(4), pages 575-591, Fall.

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