Women in economics stalled progress

Ladies in economics: Stalled progress

Shelly Lundberg, Jenna Stearns

Although the share of ladies in top PhD-granting departments a lot more than doubled between 19, this growth has stalled recently. This column reviews recent literature on women’s relative position in the discipline and assesses the data on barriers that female economists face in publishing, promotion, and tenure. It shows that differentialassessment of males and females is one element in explaining women’s failure to advance in economics and that continued progress toward equality in academic economics will demand a concerted effort to eliminate opportunities for bias in the hiring and promotion processes.

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Women in european economics

Ladies in European economics

Emmanuelle Auriol, Guido Friebel, Sascha Wilhelm

Despite around a third of PhDs in economics in america having been earned by women during the last few decades, under 15% of full professors in america were ladies in 2017. This column uses data scraped from research institute websites to research whether an identical ‘leaky pipeline’ exists in Europe. It finds that compared to the US, Europe have an increased share of women full professors within their research institutions, however the attrition rate between junior and senior ranks can be compared on both sides of the Atlantic. There are essential differences throughout Europe, however, with the Nordic countries and France scoring higher on gender equality than, for example, Germany and holland.

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