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Author's gender affects the rating of academic articles: Evidence from an incentivized, deception-free laboratory experiment


  • Michał Krawczyk

    () (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw)

  • Magdalena Smyk

    () (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw)


In this study we sought to verify the hypothesis that a researcher’s gender affects evaluation of his or her work, especially in fields in which women are a small minority. To this end we asked a sample of economics majors to rate papers written by mixed-gender couples, indicating that they were (co-) authored by a “female economist”, “male economist”, “young female economist” or “young male economist”. While the age factor played no role, female authors received lower ratings. This effect was independent of the subject's gender.

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  • Michał Krawczyk & Magdalena Smyk, 2014. "Author's gender affects the rating of academic articles: Evidence from an incentivized, deception-free laboratory experiment," Working Papers 2014-07, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw.
  • Handle: RePEc:war:wpaper:2014-07

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    1. Michał Krawczyk, 2016. "Are all researchers male? Gender misattributions in citations," Working Papers 2016-05, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw.

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    women in science; laboratory experiment; gender bias;

    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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