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Gender Differences in Rating the Teaching of EconomicsGender Differences in Rating the Teaching of Economics


  • Kathryn H. Anderson

    (Vanderbilt University)

  • John J. Siegfried

    (Vanderbilt University)


This paper examines the effect of instructor and student gender on students' ratings of teaching. We analyze data on ratings of instructors of introductory economics classes from a sample of students at 53 different colleges and universities in the United States. We find, controlling for other characteristics of the instructor and students, no difference in the ratings of male and female instructors of introductory macroeconomics but, on all instructor dimensions, women receive higher ratings than men in introductory microeconomics. In addition, women students have mete difficulty with, and less interest in economics than men.

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  • Kathryn H. Anderson & John J. Siegfried, 1997. "Gender Differences in Rating the Teaching of EconomicsGender Differences in Rating the Teaching of Economics," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 23(3), pages 347-357, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:23:y:1997:i:3:p:347-357

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    1. Horacio Matos-Díaz & Alfred J. Crouch Ruiz, 2008. "¿Es sesgada la evaluación estudiantil? El caso de la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Bayamón," Revista de Economía Institucional, Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Economía, vol. 10(18), pages 241-260, January-J.
    2. Andrew C. Worthington & Helen Higgs, 2000. "Student Perceptions of the Profession and the Decision to Major in Economics," School of Economics and Finance Discussion Papers and Working Papers Series 085, School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology.

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    Economics; Female; Gender; Introductory Economics; Teaching of Economics; Women;

    JEL classification:

    • A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination


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