A Meta-Analysis of the Gender Gap in Performance in Collegiate Economics Courses

Review of Social Economy 47 (4), 2014. DOI:10.1080/00346764.2014.958902

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 Last revised: 12 Jul 2018

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Marianne Johnson

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh - Department of Economics

Denise Robson

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

Sarinda Taengnoi

Western New England University

Date Written: August 22, 2012

Abstract

We use meta-regression analysis to investigate the extent and nature of the gender gap - that male students outperform otherwise equivalent female students in economics courses. We survey 65 studies containing 279 distinct regressions from the past 30 years and conclude that the gender gap is neither as pervasive nor as significant as generally believed. In only 39% of regressions reported in these studies did male students statistically significantly outperform their female counterparts. Using probit analysis, we also find evidence of a decreasing likelihood of identifying a gender gap over time, though study design continues to have a larger effect.

Keywords: Gender Gap, Economics Education, Meta Regression Analysis

JEL Classification: A2, A20, A22

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Marianne and Robson, Denise and Taengnoi, Sarinda, A Meta-Analysis of the Gender Gap in Performance in Collegiate Economics Courses (August 22, 2012). Review of Social Economy 47 (4), 2014. DOI:10.1080/00346764.2014.958902, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1914553 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1914553

Marianne Johnson (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh - Department of Economics ( email )

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Denise Robson

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh ( email )

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United States

Sarinda Taengnoi

Western New England University ( email )

Springfield, MA 01119
United States

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