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Gender And Graduate Economics Education In The Us

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  • David Colander

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  • Jessica Holmes

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This paper reports on the ?ndings of a survey of top economics graduate schools as they relate to women and men. The results provide strong evidence that at these top graduate schools, women graduate students are less integrated in their economic disciplines than are male graduate students. In the second part of the paper, this paper relates those ?ndings to alternative theories as to why this is the case. This paper concludes by suggesting that the emphasis on theoretical studies in the current core of the graduate economics program can be seen as a type of hazing process that seems to have a signi?cant cost since many women (and men) with great creative promise are discouraged from continuing in economics and do not bene?t nearly as much as they would have from more policy-driven core courses.

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  • David Colander & Jessica Holmes, 2007. "Gender And Graduate Economics Education In The Us," Middlebury College Working Paper Series 0725, Middlebury College, Department of Economics.
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    1. KimMarie McGoldrick & Gail Hoyt & Dave Colander, 2008. "The Professional Development of Graduate Students in Economics," Middlebury College Working Paper Series 0811, Middlebury College, Department of Economics.
    2. David Colander & Tiziana Dominguez & Gail Hoyt & KimMarie McGoldrick, 2009. "How Do Median Graduate Economic Programs Differ from Top-ranked Programs?," Middlebury College Working Paper Series 0913, Middlebury College, Department of Economics.

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    JEL classification:

    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate
    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education

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