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Gender Differences in Agricultural Economics


  • Lim, Siew
  • Wachenheim, Cheryl
  • Burbidge, Linda D.
  • Roberts, David
  • Jackson, Jeremy


Nationally, females account for less than one-third of the students in agricultural economics undergraduate programs. We identified a gender gap in test performance between genders with women in general economics and agricultural economics scoring nearly three percent lower than men. Compared to men, women also tended to be less interested in the subject. Contrary to expectations, interest in economics was not higher among women within business and economic majors than other women. Findings suggest the challenge of increasing women’s interest in economics persists.

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  • Lim, Siew & Wachenheim, Cheryl & Burbidge, Linda D. & Roberts, David & Jackson, Jeremy, 2014. "Gender Differences in Agricultural Economics," 2014 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2014, Minneapolis, Minnesota 170499, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea14:170499

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