A new book published by CEPR examines the role and progress of women in professional economics, reviews the barriers that women face at various stages of the training and promotional pipeline, evaluates programmes designed to support and encourage female economists, and discusses the benefits of greater gender equality across economics research professions. Download your copy of the book here
05 March 2020
The Economist. March 21st 2019 Issue.
Despite around a third of PhDs in economics in the US having been earned by women over the last few decades, under 15% of full professors in the US were women in 2017. This column uses data scraped from research institute websites to investigate whether a similar ‘leaky pipeline’ exists in Europe. It finds that in comparison to the US, European countries have a higher share of women full professors in their research institutions, but the attrition rate between junior and senior ranks is comparable on both sides of the Atlantic. There are important differences throughout Europe, however, with the Nordic countries and France scoring much higher on gender equality than, for instance, Germany and the Netherlands.
The World Economic Forum. 20 Nov 2019
CEPR is formalising its efforts to improve female representation in the economic profession with the creation of the Women in Economics Initiative. Led by CEPR’s Vice-President, Hélène Rey, this initiative will aim to redress gender imbalances in the economic profession, partnering with CEPR member organisations to promote women within the field.
Listen to what some women economists have to say:
New York Times article (August 2017).
Babcock, R., Recalde, M.P., Vesterlund, L., Weingart, L., American Economic Review, Vol. 107, No. 3, March 2017.
Lundberg, S., Stearns, J., Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 33, No. 1, Winter 2019, pp3-22.
Antecol, H., Bedard, K., Stearns, J., American Economic Review, Vol. 108, No. 9, September 2019
Bagues, M., Sylos-Labini, M., Zinovyeva, N., American Economic Review, Vol. 107, No. 4, April 2017
Times Higher Education
New York Times
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