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Gender biases in student evaluations of teaching

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This article uses data from a French university to analyze gender biases in student evaluations of teaching (SETs). The results of fixed effects and generalized ordered logit regression analyses show that male students express a bias in favor of male professors. Also, the different teaching dimensions that students value in male and female professors tend to match gender stereotypes. Men are perceived by both male and female students as being more knowledgeable and having stronger class leadership skills (which are stereotypically associated with males), despite the fact that students appear to learn as much from women as from men.

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  • Boring, Anne, 2017. "Gender biases in student evaluations of teaching," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 145(C), pages 27-41.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:145:y:2017:i:c:p:27-41
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2016.11.006
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    Keywords

    Student evaluations of teaching; Gender biases; Gender stereotypes; Teaching effectiveness;
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    JEL classification:

    • H8 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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