Variation in Women’s Success Across PhD Programs in Economics


Boustan, Leah, and Andrew Langan. “Variation in Women’s Success Across PhD Programs in Economics”. Journal of Economic Perspectives (Forthcoming). Print.


We document wide and persistent variation in women’s representation and success across graduate programs in economics. Using new data on early career outcomes for recent graduates, including first job placement, publications and tenure, we rank (anonymized) departments on relative outcomes for women graduate students. We then conduct interviews with faculty and former students from five programs with better and worse relative outcomes. We find that schools with better outcomes for women also hire more women faculty, facilitate advisor-student contact, provide collegial research seminars, and are notable for senior faculty with awareness of gender issues. We offer our qualitative evidence as the first step in learning about “what works” in expanding women’s representation in economics.

Last updated on 11/26/2018