Vilfredo Pareto Research Seminar
Patricia Funk

Gender Gaps at the Academies

Patricia Funk, Full Professor at Università della Svizzera italiana
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Room S4, Maison de la paix, Geneva

The Vilfredo Pareto Research Seminar is the Economics department's weekly seminar, featuring external speakers in all areas of economics.

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As part of the Vilfredo Pareto Research Seminar series, the International Economics Department at the Geneva Graduate Institute is pleased to invite you to a public talk given by Patricia Funk, Professor at Università della Svizzera italiana.

She will present her work, jointly with with David Card, Stefano DellaVigna and Nagore Iriberri, titled Gender Gaps at the Academies.


Abstract: Historically, the large majority of the newly elected members of the National Academy of Science (NAS) and the American Academy of Arts and Science (AAAS) were men. Within the past two decades, however, that situation has changed, and in the last 3 years women make up about 40 percent of the new members in both academies. We build lists of active scholars from publications in the top journals in three fields – Psychology, Mathematics and Economics – and develop a series of models to compare changes in the probability of selection of women as members of the NAS and AAAS from the 1960s to today, controlling for publications and citations. In the early years of our sample, women were less likely to be selected as members than men with similar records. By the 1990s, the selection process at both academies was approximately gender-neutral, conditional on publications and citations. In the past 20 years, however, a positive preference for female members has emerged and strengthened in all three fields. Currently, women are 3-15 times more likely to be selected as members of the AAAS and NAS than men in the same field with similar records.


About the speaker

Patricia Funk is a Full Professor at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI). Previous positions held were Associate Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Affiliated Professor at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. Her research is on social incentives and behaviour, political institutions, and gender. Her work has been published in various international journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of the European Economic Association, the Economic Journal and Management Science. Patricia Funk is Associate Editor at the Economic Journal.