What Can Uwe Do for Economics?

19 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2018 Last revised: 2 Nov 2018

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Tatyana Avilova

Columbia University

Claudia Goldin

Harvard University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: January 2018

Abstract

Men outnumber women as undergraduate economics majors by three to one nationwide. Even at the best research universities and liberal arts colleges men outnumber women by two to one or more. The Undergraduate Women in Economics Challenge was begun in 2015 as an RCT with 20 treatment schools and at least 30 control schools to evaluate whether better course information, mentoring, encouragement, career counseling, and more relevant instructional content could move the needle. Although the RCT is still in the field, results from several within treatment-school randomized trials demonstrate that uncomplicated and inexpensive interventions can substantially increase the interest of women to major in economics.

Suggested Citation

Avilova, Tatyana and Goldin, Claudia, What Can Uwe Do for Economics? (January 2018). NBER Working Paper No. w24189. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3097981

Tatyana Avilova (Contact Author)

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