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The Status of Women Economists in the U.S. — and the World


  • Joyce P. Jacobsen

    () (Economics Department, Wesleyan University)


This paper gives an overview of the current (and recent past) status of women economists in the United States and describes what American economists have done to promote gender equality in the economics profession. Initiatives include in large part what the American Economic Association, through its Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession has done. It also discusses the creation and subsequent activities of the International Association for Feminist Economics and the activities of several other groups and committees recently formed in other parts of the world. It closes by considering what needs to be done worldwide to improve the status and increase the participation of women in the economics profession.

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  • Joyce P. Jacobsen, 2005. "The Status of Women Economists in the U.S. — and the World," Wesleyan Economics Working Papers 2005-008, Wesleyan University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:wes:weswpa:2005-008

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    academic labor markets; economics profession; women in economics;

    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
    • J49 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Other
    • J70 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - General

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