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The Gender Pay Gap in Academia: Evidence from The Ohio State University


  • Chen, Joyce J.
  • Crown, Daniel


We utilize human resources data from The Ohio State University to assess the gender wage gap. We find a persistent gap of 11% among regular, tenure-track faculty, after accounting for fiscal year, ethnicity, clinical appointments, experience, and department. While the presence of a statistically significant gender wage gap is robust, the magnitude of the gap varies substantially depending on how the sample of interest is defined. In assessing gender wage gaps, researchers and universities must be attentive to issues of attrition and classification. Transparency about how estimates are affected by sample exclusions and variable definitions will yield insight into possible sources of gender bias.

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  • Chen, Joyce J. & Crown, Daniel, 2018. "The Gender Pay Gap in Academia: Evidence from The Ohio State University," 2019 Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting, January 4-6, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia 281165, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:assa19:281165
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.281165

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    Institutional and Behavioral Economics; Labor and Human Capital;

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