CSWEP is a subcommittee of the American Economics Association charged with addressing the status of women in the economics profession. It publishes a three-times-a-year newsletter, organizes sessions at the annual meetings of the AEA and the regional economics associations, runs mentoring workshops, and publishes an annual report on the status of women in the economics profession.
The 2010 CSWEP surveys were sent to 121 economics departments with doctoral programs and 151 non-PhD departments. Most of schools represented in the non-PhD survey came from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education (2000 edition) “Baccalaureate Colleges—Liberals Arts” list, as fewer than ten are schools with economics departments offering an undergraduate and master’s-only economics degree.
Selected findings from the surveys
The fraction of first-year PhD students, ABDs, and newly completed PhDs in all PhD granting departments who are women is about one-third. The ABD fraction increased slightly between 2009 and 2010 to a new high. Assuming about five years to complete a doctorate in economics, this suggests that on average the pipeline is not very leaky, at least through completion of the doctorate.
However, the fraction of first-year PhD and ABD students and the fraction of new PhDs who are women at top 20 PhD granting departments are at least 5 percentage points lower than the corresponding figure for all PhD granting departments.
The female shares of untenured assistant professors and tenured associate professors are essentially constant between 2009 and 2010 at close to 28% and 22%, respectively. The female share of tenured full professors up-ticked to 10.7%, a new all-time high for this survey for the second year in a row.
In terms of non–tenure track faculty, results show that this category is disproportionately female in 2010. Among all PhD granting economics departments in the United States, the female share of non–tenure track faculty is approximately double that for the female share of all tenured/tenure track faculty (33.0 versus 17.5%).
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