Discussion Questions #3
Women and the Economics Profession
- Describe in detail the representation of women as faculty in economics… in general and by rank. How does this compare with other social sciences?
- Explain how the views of men and women economists differ. Discuss why this is important?
- How would Gary Becker explain the paucity of women in economics? Would competition alleviate this problem according to Becker?
- Discuss the evidence on “aptitude” as an explanation for the missing women in economics? Discuss the notion that women are missing in economics because of “choice.”
- Once women enter economics departments as faculty, do they tend to stay at the same rate as men? In what ways might the culture of economics (and economics seminars) dissuade women from staying in economics?
- Do family friendly policies tend to help improve the gender gap in the representation of women faculty in economics? Why?
- One of the areas of faculty effort that is evaluated is teaching. Do studies suggest that student evaluations benefit women faculty in economics?
- With respect to research, do women publish at the same rate as their male counterparts in economics? Do women tend to publish in the same journals as their male counterparts? Why do you think this is so?
- Co-authorship is increasingly prevalent in higher education. Do women faculty in economics receive the same credit when co-authoring as their male colleagues? How does it differ and why do you think that is?
10.What do you think are the most important factors keeping women undergraduate and graduate students out of economics? What do you think should be done to improve gender parity in the field?