nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2023‒08‒14
three papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. What Did UWE Do for Economics? By Tatyana Avilova; Claudia Goldin
  2. Writing Tips for Crafting Effective Economics Research Papers – 2023-2024 Edition By Nikolov, Plamen
  3. Meta-Analyses on Teachers? and Students? Views on Academic Integrity and a Way Forward By Dzintra Ili?ko; Sandra Zari?a; Anita Pipere; Ir?na Kokina; Je?ena Davidova

  1. By: Tatyana Avilova; Claudia Goldin
    Abstract: Economics is among the most popular undergraduate majors. However, even at the best research universities and liberal arts colleges men outnumber women by two to one, and overall there are about 2.5 males to every female economics major. The Undergraduate Women in Economics (UWE) Challenge was begun in 2015 for one year as a randomized controlled trial with 20 treatment and 68 control schools to evaluate the impact of light-touch interventions to recruit and retain female economics majors. Treatment schools received funding, guidance, and access to networking with other treatment schools to implement programs such as providing better information about the application of economics, exposing students to role models, and updating course content and pedagogy. Using 2001-2021 data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) on graduating BAs, we find that UWE was effective in increasing the fraction of female BAs who majored in economics relative to men in liberal arts colleges. Large universities did not show an impact of the treatment, although those that implemented their own RCTs showed moderate success in encouraging more women to major in economics. We speculate on the reasons for differential treatment impact.
    JEL: A22 C93 I21
    Date: 2023–07
  2. By: Nikolov, Plamen (Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science)
    Abstract: This paper aims to provide insights for those who value careful, precise communication to draft effective economics papers. It is designed to be a helpful and convenient guide, which is divided into well-defined, thought-provoking sections.
    Keywords: writing tips, economics research, research papers
    JEL: A1 A2 Z0
    Date: 2023–06
  3. By: Dzintra Ili?ko (Daugavpils University); Sandra Zari?a (Daugavpils University); Anita Pipere (Daugvapils University); Ir?na Kokina (Daugvapils University); Je?ena Davidova (Daugavpils University)
    Abstract: This paper presents a metanalyses on teachers? and students? awareness, their understanding and evaluation of the situation about academic integrity and the proposals to improve the situation in higher education by the experts in the field from different Universities of Latvia. The study is based on the analyses on two previous studies carried out by the team of researchers of Daugavpils University, Latvia. The first study was focusing on the awareness of social science teachers about academic integrity in regional higher education institutions in Latvia. This study included in depth exploration of the awareness of teachers, their conceptual understanding, evaluation of academic integrity among students and teachers, the analyses of the most frequent barriers to academic integrity among students and teachers, as well as the evaluation of communication of academic integrity politics in higher education. While the first study examines academicians perspectives and focuses on policies and procedures of academic integrity in higher institutions (HI), and whether the current policies and procedures are satisfactory as evaluated by the academic staff members to prevent plagiarism among students and staff members in higher education institutions, the other study was focusing on students? perspectives, their awareness and understanding about academic integrity in regional higher education institutions in Latvia. The questions were related to their awareness of academic integrity, evaluation of the politics about academic integrity and its implementation in higher education, as well as ways how to promote academic integrity in their institution. The current study offers meta evaluation of the situation based on the research findings of two previous studies by the experts in the field. The methodology employed in this study involves semi-structured interviews with three experts in the field about the situation with the academic integrity in the regional higher education institutions of Latvia. This paper contributes to the existing debate of academic integrity and how universities can respond to this emergent concern.
    Keywords: academic integrity, meta-analyses, regional universities, misconduct, dishonesty, Latvia
    JEL: I23 I23
    Date: 2022–10

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