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

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Jihui Chen

Illinois State University

Myongjin Kim

University of Oklahoma - Department of Economics

Qihong Liu

University of Oklahoma - Department of Economics

Date Written: February 14, 2017

Abstract

This study examines early career outcomes (i.e., tenure and promotion) of the Economics Ph.D. class of 2008. We find that relative to males in the same cohort, female economists are less likely (by about 14%) to have received tenure and promotion eight years post-graduation. The gender gap becomes more pronounced (of 26%) among individuals of foreign origins working in the U.S. In addition, we find a similar gender bias regarding whether an individual remains in academia since the initial job placement in 2008. Our paper contributes to the literature by examining a new and growing dimension of the labor market for economics Ph.D.'s, i.e., women and internationals.

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

JEL Classification: J16, J44, A23, I23

Suggested Citation

Chen, Jihui and Kim, Myongjin and Liu, Qihong, Gender Gap in Tenure & Promotion: Evidence from the Economics Ph.D. Class of 2008 (February 14, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2880240 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2880240

Jihui Chen

Illinois State University ( email )

Campus Box 4200
Economics Department
Normal, IL 61790-4200
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://about.illinoisstate.edu/jchen4/pages/default.aspx

Myongjin Kim

University of Oklahoma - Department of Economics ( email )

308 Cate Center Drive
Norman, OK 73019-2103
United States

Qihong Liu (Contact Author)

University of Oklahoma - Department of Economics ( email )

Norman, OK 73019-2103
United States
405-325-5846 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://qliu.oucreate.com

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