Gender Bias

A higher standard for women

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Science  10 Jan 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6474, pp. 159-160
DOI: 10.1126/science.367.6474.159-g

Despite the absence of explicit gender bias among journal editors and reviewers, female economists were held to a higher standard in order to publish their work. Four leading economics journals shared data on nearly 30,000 manuscripts with Card et al., who found that author gender did not influence key aspects of the evaluation process. However, when looking at future citations as a proxy for the quality of the research, female-authored papers received 25% more citations than similarly evaluated male-authored papers, suggesting that women needed to produce higher quality work than men in order for referees to recommend publication.

Quart. J. Econ. 135, 269 (2020).

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