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The gender gap in UK academic economics 1996–2018

Bateman, Andrew and Hengel, Erin (2023) The gender gap in UK academic economics 1996–2018. OEconomia. ISSN 2113-5207 (In Press)

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This paper reports on women’s representation in UK economics over the last quarter century. While progress has been made, women in 2018 were still only 32 percent of economics undergraduate students and 26 percent of academic economists. Our data also suggest several areas of stagnation and retreat. First, the percentage of female UK nationals studying economics is low and falling over time. Second, female economists are substantially more likely to be employed at lower academic ranks and in fixed-term—and generally lower status—teaching- and research-only positions. Third, the representation of women is especially low among ethnic minorities studying for an economics Ph.D. And finally, the percentage of economics professors with Asian ethnicity who are women has been falling over time, and at no point between 2012–2018 was a Black female professor of economics employed anywhere in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author.
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences
JEL classification: A - General Economics and Teaching > A1 - General Economics > A11 - Role of Economics; Role of Economists; Market for Economists
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I23 - Higher Education Research Institutions
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement > J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J4 - Particular Labor Markets > J44 - Professional Labor Markets and Occupations
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2023 15:06
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2023 15:48

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