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What Can UWE Do for Economics?

Tatyana Avilova, Claudia Goldin

NBER Working Paper No. 24189
Issued in January 2018
NBER Program(s):Development of the American Economy, Economics of Education, Labor Studies

Men outnumber women as undergraduate economics majors by three to one nationwide. Even at the best research universities and liberal arts colleges men outnumber women by two to one or more. The Undergraduate Women in Economics Challenge was begun in 2015 as an RCT with 20 treatment schools and at least 30 control schools to evaluate whether better course information, mentoring, encouragement, career counseling, and more relevant instructional content could move the needle. Although the RCT is still in the field, results from several within treatment-school randomized trials demonstrate that uncomplicated and inexpensive interventions can substantially increase the interest of women to major in economics.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w24189

Published: Tatyana Avilova & Claudia Goldin, 2018. "What Can UWE Do for Economics?," AEA Papers and Proceedings, vol 108, pages 186-90.

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