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Gender discrimination in academic careers in Italy




The article analyses the effect of gender in Italian professors’ career advancement using data on the entire population of professors in the Italian university system, data on the National Scientific Qualification (NSQ) accreditation scheme, and data on scientific productivity (SciVal) for bibliometric scientific sectors. As NSQ accreditation is a prerequisite for career advancement in Italian universities, using this data makes it possible to rule out women’s reluctance to apply for promotions and low productivity as mechanisms for explaining the gender gap in academia. In fact, candidate professors must apply for accreditation and reach a minimum level of scientific productivity established by the accreditation committees. Among academics who obtained NSQ accreditation, our findings show that gender differences in productivity do not fully explain women’s lower rate of career advancement. The gender gap also remains after controlling for available resources and for the percentage of female full professors in the academic scientific sector.

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  • Filandri, Marianna & Pasqua, Silvia, 2019. "Gender discrimination in academic careers in Italy," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers 201921, University of Turin.
  • Handle: RePEc:uto:dipeco:201921

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