Reject or Revise: Gender Differences in Persistence and Publishing in Economics

35 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2022

Date Written: July 19, 2022

Abstract

We design an experiment to study gender differences in reactions to editorial decisions on submissions to top economics journals. Respondents read a hypothetical editor’s letter where the decision (e.g., revise and resubmit) is randomized across participants. Relative to an R&R, female assistant professors who receive a rejection perceive a significantly lower likelihood of subsequently publishing the paper in any leading journal than comparable male assistant professors. We do not find this gender difference among tenured professors. We consider several mechanisms, pointing to gender differences in attribution of negative feedback to ability and confidence under time constraints as likely explanations.

Keywords: gender differences, feedback, publication, economic experiments

JEL Classification: J16, I23, C90, A14

Suggested Citation

Shastry, Gauri Kartini and Shurchkov, Olga, Reject or Revise: Gender Differences in Persistence and Publishing in Economics (July 19, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4167238 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4167238

Gauri Kartini Shastry

Wellesley College ( email )

106 Central St.
Wellesley, MA 02181
United States

Olga Shurchkov (Contact Author)

Wellesley College ( email )

106 Central St., PNE 417
Wellesley, MA 02481
United States

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