Gender Inequality in Research Productivity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

18 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2020 Last revised: 19 Jun 2020

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Ruomeng Cui

Goizueta Business School, Emory University

Hao Ding

Goizueta Business School, Emory University

Feng Zhu

Harvard University - Harvard Business School

Date Written: June 9, 2020

Abstract

We study the disproportionate impact of the lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak on female and male academics' research productivity in social science. We collect data from the largest open-access preprint repository for social science on 41,858 research preprints in 18 disciplines produced by 76,832 authors across 25 countries in a span of two years. We find that during the 10 weeks after the lockdown in the United States, although the total research productivity increased by 35%, female academics' productivity dropped by 13.9% relative to that of male academics. We also show that several disciplines drive such gender inequality. Finally, we find that this intensified productivity gap is more pronounced for academics in top-ranked universities, and the effect exists in six other countries.

Keywords: Gender inequality, research productivity, COVID-19

Suggested Citation

Cui, Ruomeng and Ding, Hao and Zhu, Feng, Gender Inequality in Research Productivity During the COVID-19 Pandemic (June 9, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3623492 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3623492

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Hao Ding

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Feng Zhu

Harvard University - Harvard Business School ( email )

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