Justin Wolfers reports on new research investigating the role of gender in academic careers, especially economics. The background is that economics is a discipline with a rather low percentage of women. This is surprising as other fields in the social sciences have seen long term increases.
A new dissertation by Heather Sarsons suggests that in economics one issue is credit for co-authored work:
While women in the field publish as much as men, they are twice as likely to perish [F: not get tenure]. And this higher rate for women being denied tenure persists even after accounting for differences in tenure rates across universities, the different subfields of economics that women work in, the quality of their publications and other influences that may have changed over time.
But Ms. Sarsons discovered one group of female economists who enjoyed the same career success as men: those who work alone. Specifically…
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