Lunchtime Seminar: Gender and the Dynamics of Economics Seminars
From: Wednesday February 12, 2020, 12:15 pm
To: Wednesday February 12, 2020, 1:30 pm
Justin Wolfers, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan
Justin Wolfers is a Professor of Economics and a Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is also an editor of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, a member of the Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisers, a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney, a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research; a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution, a Research Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn; a Research Affiliate with the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London; an International Research Fellow with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, and a Fellow of the CESifo, in Munich. He was previously a Visiting Professor at Princeton, an Associate Professor at Wharton, an Assistant Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Dr. Wolfers earned his Ph.D. in economics in 2001 from Harvard University, and was a Fulbright, Knox and Menzies Scholar. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics in his native Australia at the University of Sydney in 1994, winning the University Medal. He was recently named by the IMF as one of the "25 economists under 45 shaping the way we think about the global economy." Wolfers' research focuses on labor economics, macroeconomics, political economy, law and economics, social policy and behavioral economics. Beyond research, he is a contributing columnist for the New York Times, appears frequently on TV, radio and in print. He is also a popular teacher, with many teaching awards to his name.
Gender and the Dynamics of Economics Seminars by Pascaline Dupas, Alicia Sasser Modestino, Muriel Niederle, Justin Wolfers and the Seminar Dynamics Collective
This paper reports the results of the first systematic attempt at quantitatively measuring the unique seminar culture within economics. To this end, we collected data on every interaction between presenters and their audience in hundreds of research seminars and job market talks across most leading economics departments. We find that women presenters are treated differently than their male counterparts. Women are asked more questions during a seminar and the questions asked of women presenters are more likely to be patronizing or hostile. These effects are not due to women presenting in different fields or different seminar series, as our analysis controls for the institution and seminar series in which they are presenting. Our findings add to an emerging literature documenting ways in which women economists are treated differently than men, and suggest yet another potential explanation for their under-representation at senior levels within the economics profession.
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