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Female Chairs: It Works

VU International News and Reviews No. 124 November 20 2018

November 2018

Princeton PhD candidate Andrew Langan studies and reports on Female Managers and Gender Disparities: The Case of Academic Department Chairs. He studied the effect of female managers on workforce composition, the gender pay gap, productivity, and promotion in the context of academic departments.  Using quantitative analysis of chair holders’ data from 418 department chairs from 1974 to the present, he found that having more female department chairs reduce gender gaps in publications as well in tenure for assistant professors and also shrink the gender pay gap.

After a woman replaces a man as chair, earnings rise for both men and women. While they flatten out for men after around two years at three or four percent above baseline, for women the rise is between  five and six percent, closing the gender wage gap by about four log points in the latter years after a chair transition.

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