Gender Representation in Economics Across Topics and Time: Evidence from the NBER

42 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2017

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Anusha Chari

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School

Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Date Written: 2017-10-01

Abstract

We document the representation of female economists on the conference programs at the NBER Summer Institute from 2001 to 2016. Over the 2013-16 period, women made up 20.6 percent of all authors on scheduled papers. However, there was large dispersion across programs, with the share of female authors ranging from 7.3 percent to 47.7 percent. While the average share of women rose slightly—from 18.5 percent in 2001-04—a persistent gap between the finance, macroeconomics, and microeconomics subfields remains, with women representing 14.4 percent of authors in finance, 16.3 percent of authors in macroeconomics, and 25.9 percent of authors in microeconomics. We examine three channels potentially affecting female representation. First, using anonymized data on submissions, we show that the rate of paper acceptance for women is statistically indistinguishable from that of men. Second, we find that the share of female authors is comparable to the share of women among all tenure-track professors, but is 10 percentage points lower than the share of women among assistant professors. Finally, within conference programs, we find that when a woman organizes the program, the share of female authors and discussants is higher.

Keywords: gender, economics, representation

JEL Classification: A11, A14, J10, J16

Suggested Citation

Chari, Anusha and Goldsmith-Pinkham, Paul, Gender Representation in Economics Across Topics and Time: Evidence from the NBER (2017-10-01). FRB of NY Staff Report No. 825. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3066692

Anusha Chari (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Economics ( email )

Chapel Hill, NC 27599
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

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University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School

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Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490
United States

Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of New York ( email )

33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045
United States

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