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Donna K. Ginther is the Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of Economics and director of the Institute for Policy and Social Research at the University of Kansas. She is a research associate affiliated with the NBER’s Labor Studies Program and Program on Children; her major fields of study are scientific labor markets, gender differences in employment outcomes, wage inequality, scientific entrepreneurship, and children’s educational attainments.

Ginther has published in Science, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Demography, Psychological Science in the Public Interest, and American Economic Association Papers and Proceedings. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and has been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, and other major media.

Ginther testified before the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education of the US House of Representatives on the Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Act of 2008, and has advised the National Academy of Sciences, the NIH, and the Sloan Foundation on the diversity and future of the scientific workforce. She currently serves as chief academic adviser to Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s Tax Reform Council.


1. Women in Economics: Moving Up or Falling Off the Academic Career Ladder?” Ginther D, Kahn S. Journal of Economic Perspectives 18(3), Summer 2004, pp. 193–214; “Academic Women’s Careers in the Social Sciences,” Ginther D, Kahn S. In The Economics of Economists: Institutional Setting, Individual Incentives, and Future Prospects, Lanteri A, Vromen J, editors, pp. 185–315. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2014.   Go to ⤴︎
2. Women in Academic Economics: Have We Made Progress?” Ginther D, Kahn S. NBER Working Paper 28743, April 2021, and American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 111, May 2021, pp. 138–142.   Go to ⤴︎
3. Does Science Promote Women? Evidence from Academia 1973–2001,” Ginther D, Kahn S. NBER Working Paper 12691, November 2006, and Science and Engineering Careers in the United States, Freeman R, Goroff D, editors. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.   Go to ⤴︎
4. Can Mentoring Help Female Assistant Professors? Interim Results from a Randomized Trial,” Blau F, Currie J, Croson R, Ginther D. NBER Working Paper 15707, January 2010, and American Economic Review 100(2), May 2010, pp. 348–352.   Go to ⤴︎
5. Can Mentoring Help Female Assistant Professors in Economics? An Evaluation by Randomized Trial,” Ginther D, Currie J, Blau F, Croson R. NBER Working Paper 26864, December 2020, and American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 110, May 2020, pp. 205–209.   Go to ⤴︎
6. Does Mentoring Increase the Collaboration Networks of Female Economists? An Evaluation of the CeMENT Randomized Trial,” Ginther D, Na R. NBER Working Paper 28727, April 2021, and American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 111, May 2021, pp. 80–85.   Go to ⤴︎
7. Women and STEM,” Kahn S, Ginther D. NBER Working Paper 23525, June 2017. Published as “Women in Academic Science: A Changing Landscape” in Psychological Science in the Public Interest 15(3), November 2014, pp. 75–141.   Go to ⤴︎
8. Women and STEM,” Kahn S, Ginther D. NBER Working Paper 23525, June 2017. Published as “Women and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM): Are Differences in Education and Careers due to Stereotypes, Interests or Family?” in The Oxford Handbook of Women and the Economy, Averett S, Argys L, Hoffman S, editors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.   Go to ⤴︎
9. Race, Ethnicity, and NIH Research Awards,” Ginther D, Schaffer W, Schnell J, Masimore B, Liu F, Haak L, Kington R. Science 333(6045), August 19, 2011, pp. 1015–1019.   Go to ⤴︎
10. “Draft Report of the Advisory Committee to the Director Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce,” June 13, 2012,   Go to ⤴︎
11. “NIH Launches Effort to Boost Diversity of Biomedical Research Workforce,” December 7, 2012.   Go to ⤴︎
12. Publications as Predictors of Racial and Ethnic Differences in NIH Research Awards,” Ginther D, Basner J, Jensen U, Schnell J, Kington R, Schaffer W. PLOS ONE 13(11): e0205929, November 14, 2018.   Go to ⤴︎
13. The Effects of Research & Development Funding on Scientific Productivity: Academic Chemistry, 1990–2009,” Rosenbloom J, Ginther D, Juhl T, Heppert J. NBER Working Paper 20595, October 2014, and PLOS ONE 10(9): e0138176, September 15, 2015.   Go to ⤴︎
14. Show Me the Money: Federal R&D Support for Academic Chemistry, 1990–2009,” Rosenbloom J, Ginther D. NBER Working Paper 23555, June 2017, and Research Policy 46(8), October 2017, pp. 1454–1464.   Go to ⤴︎
15. The Impact of Postdocs on Early Careers in Biomedicine,” Kahn S, Ginther D. Nature Biotechnology 35(1), January 2017, pp. 90–94.   Go to ⤴︎
16. “Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group Report,” June 14, 2012.   Go to ⤴︎
17. The Impact of Postdoctoral Fellowships on a Future Independent Career in Federally Funded Biomedical Research,” Heggeness M, Ginther D, Larenas M, Carter-Johnson F. NBER Working Paper 24508, April 2018.   Go to ⤴︎
18. The Impact of NIH Postdoctoral Training Grants on Scientific Productivity,” Jacob B, Lefgren L. Research Policy 40(6), July 2011, pp. 864–874.     Go to ⤴︎
19. Administrative Discretion in Scientific Funding: Evidence from a Prestigious Postdoctoral Training Program,” Ginther D, Heggeness M. NBER Working Paper 26841, March 2020, and Research Policy 49(4), May 2020, article 103953. Go to ⤴︎

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