Presentation Title

The Shortage of Women in Economics

Faculty Mentor

Michael Harnett

Start Date

17-11-2018 1:45 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 2:00 PM

Location

C327

Session

Oral 3

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

interdisciplinary

Abstract

Author: Roz Kohan

Mentors: Professor Michael Dulay, Dr. Michael Harnett, Stephen O’Bryan

Economics is a social science that studies production, consumption, and the transfer of wealth. Women are considered a minority in the field because there is a notably disappropriate number of women in professions related to economics. Fewer women are receiving tenure in university teaching positions, and the number of women obtaining bachelor’s degrees in economics is declining. Evidence shows that in this field, women’s work is less valued than men’s. In order to justify change within male-dominated fields, we must motivate young girls to pursue studies in areas like economics, as their voice is valid and equally as important as men. Furthermore, we must educate men to make room at the table for both genders in order to find the very best that society has to offer. The proposed solution is a mentorship application for mobile devices that promote gender equality in male-dominated fields.

Each participant will agree to a code of conduct of professionalism and agree to our basic core values that reflect mutual respect and equality. Every applicant will be required to create a profile for matching purposes. An important key feature will be geolocation pairing between users. Our unique algorithm matches a female and male mentor to every mentee, educating both genders regarding respect and cooperation within professional fields.

With a starting point in the field of economics and finance, the end goal is to be able to branch out to different disciplines and provide a platform for creating connections.

Summary of research results to be presented

Women are not as present in the study of economics, with seven out of ten economics majors being men (Meckler). According to the Commission on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP), the number of women entering PhD programs in economics has not gone up in the past twenty years, and the number of women obtaining their bachelor’s degree in economics is declining. There is also quantitative evidence that the work of women is not as valued as the work of men: “Only 52% of women receive tenure while 77% of men do” (Sarsons). Papers written by women also take six months longer than those written by men in peer review before publication (Hengel).

Works Cited:

Commission on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. “CSWEP: Survey &

Annual Report.” American Economic Association, 21 Mar. 2017,

www.aeaweb.org/about-aea/committees/cswep/survey.

Hengel, Erin. Publishing While Female: Are Women Held to Higher Standards?

Evidence from Peer Review.∗. Aug. 2018,

www.erinhengel.com/research/publishing_female.pdf.

Meckler, Laura. “Pick Is Breakthrough For Women In Economics, Finance.” ProQuest,

Dow Jones Institutional News, 9 Oct. 2013, search-proquest-com.libwin2k.glendale.edu/docview/2090418465/fulltext/BBF9B9914279458EPQ/1?accountid=27372.

Sarsons, Heather. Gender Differences in Recognition for Group Work. 3 Dec. 2015,

scholar.harvard.edu/files/sarsons/files/gender_groupwork.pdf?m=1449178759.

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Nov 17th, 1:45 PM Nov 17th, 2:00 PM

The Shortage of Women in Economics

C327

Author: Roz Kohan

Mentors: Professor Michael Dulay, Dr. Michael Harnett, Stephen O’Bryan

Economics is a social science that studies production, consumption, and the transfer of wealth. Women are considered a minority in the field because there is a notably disappropriate number of women in professions related to economics. Fewer women are receiving tenure in university teaching positions, and the number of women obtaining bachelor’s degrees in economics is declining. Evidence shows that in this field, women’s work is less valued than men’s. In order to justify change within male-dominated fields, we must motivate young girls to pursue studies in areas like economics, as their voice is valid and equally as important as men. Furthermore, we must educate men to make room at the table for both genders in order to find the very best that society has to offer. The proposed solution is a mentorship application for mobile devices that promote gender equality in male-dominated fields.

Each participant will agree to a code of conduct of professionalism and agree to our basic core values that reflect mutual respect and equality. Every applicant will be required to create a profile for matching purposes. An important key feature will be geolocation pairing between users. Our unique algorithm matches a female and male mentor to every mentee, educating both genders regarding respect and cooperation within professional fields.

With a starting point in the field of economics and finance, the end goal is to be able to branch out to different disciplines and provide a platform for creating connections.