The Position of Women in UK Academic Economics

Posted: 13 Feb 2001

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Alison L. Booth

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jonathan Burton

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Karen Mumford

University of York (UK); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CAMA

Abstract

This paper reports the results of the Royal Economic Society Women's Committee 1998 survey on the gender balance in UK academic economics. In 1998, female representation was 4% of professors, 11% of senior lecturers or readers, 17% of permanent lecturers, 28% of fixed term lecturers, and 33% of PhD/research students. The main growth in female representation since 1996 has been in fixed term lectureships and in PhD/research students (a 5 percentage point increase for each). We suggest reasons for the low representation of women in academic economics, and also argue that it is a cause for concern.

JEL Classification: J16, J44

Suggested Citation

Booth, Alison L. and Burton, Jonathan and Mumford, Karen A., The Position of Women in UK Academic Economics. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=236200

Alison L. Booth (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Jonathan Burton

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Karen A. Mumford

University of York (UK) ( email )

Heslington
York YO10 5DD
United Kingdom

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

CAMA ( email )

ANU College of Business and Economics
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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