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  • February 2, 2018

The New York Times writes about the gender imbalance in economics

The 2018 AEA annual meeting in Philadelphia.

American Economic Association

Justin Wolfers cited heavily from a December CSWEP report in a column about how the share of women studying economics has plateaued. Writing for The New York Times, Wolfers said the pattern was disturbing in any field, but “because economics has an outsize influence on public policy, it means that many important debates are likely to be dominated by men’s voices for years to come.” The CSWEP report showed that since the turn of the century, there has been no increase in the share of women entering the pipeline to become professional economists. And while the share of female professors has increased, it is more due to greater numbers of women entering the field in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, rather than in the most recent decade.