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Variation in Women's Success Across PhD Programs in Economics

Leah Platt Boustan, Andrew Langan

NBER Working Paper No. 25444
Issued in January 2019
NBER Program(s):Economics of Education, Labor Studies

We document wide and persistent variation in women’s representation and success across graduate programs in economics. Using new data on early career outcomes for recent graduates, including first job placement, publications and promotion, we compare (anonymized) departments on outcomes for women relative to men graduating from the same program. We then conduct interviews with faculty and former students from five programs higher and lower relative outcomes. We find that departments with higher outcomes for women also hire more women faculty, facilitate advisor-student contact, provide collegial research seminars, and are notable for senior faculty with awareness of gender issues. We offer our qualitative evidence as the first step in learning about “what works” in expanding women’s representation in economics.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w25444

Published: Leah Boustan & Andrew Langan, 2019. "Variation in Women’s Success across PhD Programs in Economics," Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol 33(1), pages 23-42.

 
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