Thursday, 5 October 2017

CORE on 'missing women in economics'

Homa Zarghamee (Barnard College) recently posted two interesting articles on the CORE Economics blog, on what CORE are calling 'missing women in economics' (if you don't know about the CORE Project, you can read more about it here). In the first article, Zarghamee essentially outlines the state of knowledge on the gender gap in economics, and in the second article, she makes some excellent suggestions on changes to the way economics is taught that might attract more women to the discipline. These included:

  1. Start with social issues and use theory as a tool
  2. Incorporate behavioural and experimental economics
  3. Don’t assume your treatment of students is unbiased!
  4. Highlight the achievements of female economists
Both articles contain more detail than it is feasible to excerpt here. If you're interested in the gender gap in economics, I recommend reading both of them, as well as their earlier article in The Conversation, which starts with their estimate of 300,000 missing women in economics (in the U.S. alone).

As I've mentioned before, I have a Summer Research Scholarship student working on this topic over the summer, and I hope to share some of their results early next year.

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