Women in Academic Economics: Have We Made Progress?
This study uses data from Academic Analytics to examine gender differences in promotion to associate professor in economics. We found that women in economics were 15% less likely to be promoted to associate professor after controlling for cumulative publications, citations, grants and grant dollars. In contrast, we found no significant gender differences in promotion in other fields including biomedical science, physical science, political science, mathematics and statistics, and engineering. We separated the sample by the research intensity of institutions and found suggestive evidence that these results were being driven by less research-intensive institutions.
Ginther acknowledges funding from NSF grant SES-1538797. We thank Anthony Olejniczak from Academic Analytics for providing information about the data and Sarah Jacobson for providing comments on the paper. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Donna K. Ginther & Shulamit Kahn, 2021. "Women in Academic Economics: Have We Made Progress?," AEA Papers and Proceedings, American Economic Association, vol. 111, pages 138-142, May. citation courtesy of