Women Faculty in US Business Schools

26 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2009 Last revised: 19 Nov 2009

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Brad M. Barber

University of California, Davis

Donald Palmer

University of California, Davis - Graduate School of Management

Date Written: October 16, 2009

Abstract

We analyze the representation of women on the faculties of US business schools over the period 2002 to 2009. While women are a distinct minority on the faculties of US business schools, their ranks are increasing. At the end of our sample period, 25.3% of faculty members are women, up from 20.0% in 2002. The percentage of women is higher among untenured than among tenured faculty. The representation of women and its variation across schools are not random. Small schools and schools in the northeast have better representation of women on their faculty. Perhaps most strikingly, schools ranked among the top 50 by US News have fewer women on their faculty. We discuss possible reasons for the latter result, but the empirical observation that ranked schools have fewer women remains an intriguing puzzle.

Keywords: gender, faculty, business schools

JEL Classification: I2, J44, J23, M51

Suggested Citation

Barber, Brad M. and Palmer, Don, Women Faculty in US Business Schools (October 16, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1490084 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1490084

Brad M. Barber (Contact Author)

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Don Palmer

University of California, Davis - Graduate School of Management ( email )

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