An Advisor Like Me? Advisor Gender and Post-Graduate Careers in Science

30 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2017

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Patrick Gaule

University of Bath

Mario Piacentini

University of Geneva - Department of Political Economics

Abstract

We investigate whether having an advisor of the same gender is correlated with the productivity of PhD science students and their propensity to stay in academic science. Our analysis is based on an original dataset covering nearly 20,000 PhD graduates and their advisors from U.S. chemistry departments. We find that students with an advisor of the same gender tend to be more productive during the PhD and more likely to become professors themselves. We suggest that the under-representation of women in science and engineering faculty positions may perpetuate itself through the lower availability of same-gender advisors for female students.

Keywords: gender, PhD, postgraduate careers, science

JEL Classification: J24, J16, I23, O31

Suggested Citation

Gaule, Patrick and Piacentini, Mario, An Advisor Like Me? Advisor Gender and Post-Graduate Careers in Science. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10828, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2988175

Patrick Gaule (Contact Author)

University of Bath ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Mario Piacentini

University of Geneva - Department of Political Economics ( email )

40, boulevard du Pont-d'Arve
Geneva 4, CH-1211
Switzerland

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