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Women in the Economics Profession

  • Shulamit B. Kahn

This article discusses evidence from recent literature on gender literature on gender differences among Ph.D. economists. It finds many gender similarities in accomplishments, including undergraduate grades, publication rates (ceteris paribus), and labor market commitment. It finds no evidence of disadvantages for women in admissions to Ph.D. programs or in nonacademic salaries. Yet gender differences remain, ceteris paribus, in GRE scores, attrition from Ph.D programs, non-tenure-track academic jobs, academic salaries, and academic promotion rates. The paper suggests that trends toward increasing percentage of females may be peaking, particularly given recent drops in female undergraduate economics majors.

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal Journal of Economic Perspectives.

Volume (Year): 9 (1995)
Issue (Month): 4 (Fall)
Pages: 193-206

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Handle: RePEc:aea:jecper:v:9:y:1995:i:4:p:193-205
Note: DOI: 10.1257/jep.9.4.193
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  1. Formby, John P & Gunther, William D & Sakano, Ryoichi, 1993. "Entry Level Salaries of Academic Economists: Does Gender or Age Matter?," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 31(1), pages 128-38, January.
  2. Marianne A. Ferber & Michelle Teiman, 1980. "Are Women Economists at a Disadvantage in Publishing Journal Articles?," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 6(3-4), pages 189-193, Aug-Oct.
  3. Strober, Myra H, 1975. "Women Economists: Career Aspirations, Education, and Training," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 65(2), pages 92-99, May.
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