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Do Trustees and Administrators Matter? Diversifying the Faculty Across Gender Lines

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  • Ehrenberg, Ronald G.

    () (Cornell University)

  • Jakubson, George H.

    () (Cornell University)

  • Martin, Mirinda L.

    () (Cornell University)

  • Main, Joyce B.

    (Cornell University)

  • Eisenberg, Thomas

    (Carnegie Mellon University)

Abstract

Our paper focuses on the role that the gender composition of the leaders of American colleges and universities- trustees, presidents/chancellors, and provosts/academic vice presidents - plays in influencing the rate at which academic institutions diversify their faculty across gender lines. We use institutional level panel data that we have collected for a large sample of American academic institutions. We find that, other factors held constant including our estimate of the "expected" share of new hires at an institution that should be female, that institutions with female presidents/chancellors and female provosts/academic vice presidents, and those with a greater share of female trustees, increase their share of female faculty at a more rapid rate. The magnitudes of the effects of these leaders are larger at smaller institutions, where central administrators play a larger role in faculty hiring decisions. A critical share of female trustees must be reached before the gender composition of the board matters

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  • Ehrenberg, Ronald G. & Jakubson, George H. & Martin, Mirinda L. & Main, Joyce B. & Eisenberg, Thomas, 2009. "Do Trustees and Administrators Matter? Diversifying the Faculty Across Gender Lines," IZA Discussion Papers 4664, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    presidents; academic institutions; trustees; diversifying the faculty; gender; provosts;

    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J44 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Professional Labor Markets and Occupations
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education

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