Fighting for Gender Equality in Economics Is Not Nearly Enough

Delivering sustainable economic growth
Posted Mar 07, 2019 | Carnegie Europe, Orsola Costantini, Giulia Zacchia

Discrimination against women and minorities occurs in virtually all academic fields, with economics said to be particularly sexist and biased against new and unconventional ideas. In this article for Carnegie Europe, Orsola Costantini and Giulia Zacchia emphasise that the share of female students in the U.S., including new PhDs, as well as that of assistant professors, has not increased for at least a decade, falling behind the trend in the fields of [natural and biological] sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). With the exception of Eastern Europe, the situation is similarly bleak in all countries for which data is available – indicating a need to reorient the whole academic system toward more freedom, respect, openness, and pluralism.


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