Scholarly Comments on Academic Economics

On Gender Balance in the Economics Profession

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Abstract

This paper contends that women tend to eschew the economics profession due to institutional barriers and that women tend to identify themselves with professions less obtuse than economics. Furthermore this paper suggests that social pressures foster perceptions that appropriate fields of thought exist for women reinforcing the idea of appropriate academic fields for women.

Response to this article by Christina Jonung and Ann-Charlotte Ståhlberg: Does Economics Have a Gender? (EJW, January 2009).