Female economics professors get less credit than male co-authors, study says

January 19, 2016

A new paper by Harvard Kennedy School PhD candidate Heather Sarsons found that women who had co-authored were less likely to receive tenure than men, especially when they co-authored with men. Sarsons used data from economists’ CVs, controlling for factors such as experience and productivity, to examine how men and women’s careers were affected by coauthoring. Sarsons found that mens’ tenure rates were not affected by whether they authored or coauthored, while women “suffer a significant penalty when they coauthor,” a result that is more pronounced when they coauthor with only other men. Economics Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University Tammy Schirle explains that it is a matter of a subtle bias rather than a blatant discrimination. “We’re sort of unconsciously not giving credit where credit is due,” she said. UBC | Toronto Star | Report