nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2020‒10‒12
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Are women less persistent? Evidence from submissions to a nationwide meeting of Economics By Paula Pereda; Matsunaga, Diaz, Borges, Chalco, Rocha, Narita, Brenck

  1. By: Paula Pereda; Matsunaga, Diaz, Borges, Chalco, Rocha, Narita, Brenck
    Abstract: Female underrepresentation in high-profile career positions has relevant impacts on firms' outcomes and public policies. In the academic profession, women's participation decreases as they evolve in their career. To understand the lack of women in the field of economics in Brazil, we investigate the decision to submit papers to the largest conference in the country (Brazilian Meeting of Economics), as an important achievement in the profession. We explore a novel panel dataset of researchers and match them with web-scraped data of their résumés to test gender differences in the probability of submitting an article one year after having an article (same or new) rejected in the previous year. Our findings suggest that women desist 5.9 percentage points more than men when facing rejection. We also find evidence that younger women give up more and that the quality of the undergraduate program matters to determine the difference in the desistance rate between men and women. We argue that higher quality institutions might self-select women who are more competitive.
    Keywords: Female underrepresentation; competitive behavior; academic conferences
    JEL: J15 J16 C23 A11
    Date: 2020–09–29
  2. By: Kenneth W Clements (Economics Discipline, Business School, University of Western Australia); Robert G Gregory (Australian National University)
    Abstract: The PhD Conference in Economics and Business was a unique Australian innovation when it commenced in the late 1980s. With the high-quality feedback from discussants, the conference was a productive special event, even horizon-broadening for some students. The conference is now a partnership between six universities and has involved almost 900 students from many universities. This paper places the conference in a broader context and highlights some of the stars by identifying 54 student-presenters now full professors.
    Date: 2020

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