Shoshana Grossbard

development and international economics seminar

Shoshana Grossbard

San Diego State University
The gender gap in citations of household economics
Joint with
Tansel Yilmazer, Lingrui Zhang

Château Lafarge

Château Lafarge - Salle de séminaires
Château Lafarge
Route des Milles
13290 Les Milles
Friday, June 1 2018| 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Timothée Demont: timothee.demont[at]
Alice Fabre: alice.fabre[at]


Household economics has traditionally attracted relatively large numbers of women researchers. This paper investigates the degree to which an apparent preference for women to research household-related questions possibly explains gender differentials in citations of articles published in two major journals of household Economics: the Journal of Population Economics (JPOP) and the Review of the Economics of the Household (REHO). Our findings show that articles obtain more citations if they have a female corresponding author. When the corresponding author is male, having at least one female co-author boosts the citation count. In contrast, having a male-coauthor reduces the citations that a female author receives. When separating household economics by subfield we find that citations of female authors increase with women’s representation in the subfield. A number of possible explanations for our findings are offered in light of the recent literature on gender differences in economics.

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