Gender and the Consulting Academic Economist

Economic Inquiry, Forthcoming

Vanderbilt Law Research Paper No. 20-12

47 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2020

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Alison F. Del Rossi

Saint Lawrence University - Department of Economics

Joni Hersch

Vanderbilt University - Law School; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management; Vanderbilt University - College of Arts and Science - Department of Economics

Date Written: February 11, 2020

Abstract

We surveyed academic economists on their experiences and perceptions of legal consulting. Nearly two-thirds have consulting experience and 40 percent have consulted within the last five years. Base hourly rates average $244, with a median of $200. Women are less likely than men to have served as consultants and charge lower rates than comparable men, but there are few differences by gender in willingness to consult. Women report substantially more negative bias and are less likely to consult in complex cases or to have a high profile role in litigation.

Keywords: economics profession, expert witness, consulting, gender, professional labor markets

JEL Classification: J24, J31, J44, J71, K41

Suggested Citation

Del Rossi, Alison F. and Hersch, Joni, Gender and the Consulting Academic Economist (February 11, 2020). Economic Inquiry, Forthcoming, Vanderbilt Law Research Paper No. 20-12, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3538391 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3538391

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