Gender Gap in Tenure & Promotion: Evidence from the Economics Ph.D. Class of 2008

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Jihui Chen

Illinois State University

Qihong Liu

University of Oklahoma - Department of Economics

Myongjin Kim

University of Oklahoma - Department of Economics

Date Written: August 16, 2021

Abstract

This study examines early career outcomes (i.e., tenure and promotion) of the Economics Ph.D. class of 2008. We find that female economists are less likely (by up to 15.8%) to have received tenure and promotion eight years post-graduation compared to males in the same cohort. The gender gap becomes more pronounced (e.g., 36.5% less likely to receive tenure/promotion) among individuals of foreign origins working in the U.S. In addition, we find a similar gender bias regarding whether an individual remains on tenure-track positions since the initial job placement in 2008. Adding to the literature, our analysis sheds light on the gender gap in the Economics profession from a broad international perspective.

Keywords: Gender gap, Economics of gender, Labor market outcomes, Tenure and promotion

JEL Classification: J16, J44, A23, I23

Suggested Citation

Chen, Jihui and Liu, Qihong and Kim, Myongjin, Gender Gap in Tenure & Promotion: Evidence from the Economics Ph.D. Class of 2008 (August 16, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2880240 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2880240

Jihui Chen

Illinois State University ( email )

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Economics Department
Normal, IL 61790-4200
United States

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Qihong Liu (Contact Author)

University of Oklahoma - Department of Economics ( email )

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United States
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Myongjin Kim

University of Oklahoma - Department of Economics ( email )

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Norman, OK 73019-2103
United States

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