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Timothée Demont: timothee.demont[at]univ-amu.fr
Alice Fabre: alice.fabre[at]univ-amu.fr
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.