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Andrew Langan

Princeton University
Industrial Relations Section
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January 2019Variation in Women’s Success Across PhD Programs in Economics
with Leah Platt Boustan: w25444
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 repres...

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. citation courtesy of

 
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