Following in Her Footsteps? Women&Apos;S Choices of College Majors and Faculty Gender Composition

47 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2011 Last revised: 28 Apr 2021

See all articles by Brandice J. Canes

Brandice J. Canes

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Harvey S. Rosen

Princeton University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: October 1994

Abstract

It is frequently asserted that a college's female undergraduate enrollment in the sciences and engineering can be increased by raising female representation on the faculties in these areas. Despite the widespread acceptance of this proposition, it does not appear to have been subjected to any kind of serious statistical analysis. In this paper, we assemble panel data from three rather different educational institutions, and use them to examine the relationship between the gender composition of the students in an academic department and the gender composition of its faculty at the time the students were choosing their majors. We find no evidence for the conventional view that an increase in the share of females on a department's faculty leads to an increase in its share of female majors.

Suggested Citation

Canes, Brandice J. and Rosen, Harvey S., Following in Her Footsteps? Women&Apos;S Choices of College Majors and Faculty Gender Composition (October 1994). NBER Working Paper No. w4874, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1824957

Brandice J. Canes (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Harvey S. Rosen

Princeton University - Department of Economics ( email )

001 Fisher Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
16
Abstract Views
448
PlumX Metrics