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The gender composition and scholarly performance of economics departments: A test for employment discrimination

  • Van W. Kolpin
  • Larry D
  • Singell
  • Jr
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    Using data on academic economists in the years 1973, 1977, 1982, and 1987, the authors investigate gender differences in placement and their consequences for departmental productivity. The initial analysis shows that in the years studied, the departments that were highest-ranked on a measure of scholarly publications per faculty member were the least likely to hire female faculty. A second analysis shows that departments that hired fewer women in the 1970s subsequently declined in publications rank relative to other departments. Finally, in a third analysis the authors find that the research output of women in the 1970s cohort of economists was greater than that of their male counterparts at comparable institutions. These results reject productivity-based explanations for the observed differential placement, and they provide some of the first formal evidence that employment discrimination is costly to the employer. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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    Volume (Year): 49 (1996)
    Issue (Month): 3 (April)
    Pages: 408-423

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