University of the Basque Country
Institutional Affiliation: Universitat Pompeu Fabra
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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|June 2019||Are Referees and Editors in Economics Gender Neutral?|
with David Card, Stefano DellaVigna, Patricia Funk: w25967
We study the role of gender in the evaluation of economic research using submissions to four leading journals. We find that referee gender has no effect on the relative assessment of female- versus male-authored papers, suggesting that any differential biases of male referees are negligible. To determine whether referees as a whole impose different standards for female authors, we compare citations for female and male-authored papers, holding constant referee evaluations and other characteristics. We find that female-authored papers receive about 25% more citations than observably similar male-authored papers. Editors largely follow the referees, resulting in a 6 percentage point lower probability of a revise and resubmit verdict for female-authored papers relative to a citation-maximizing...