Women in economics

Radio France
Anne Boring, Assistant Professor at Erasmus School of Economics
Erasmus School of Economics

Although university education has been wide open to girls since the 1970s, in both academia and the senior management levels of economic sciences women are under-represented. And economics is no exception, females are underrepresented in many other fields as well. Anne Boring, Assistant Professor at Erasmus School of Economics, conducts research on the influence of stereotypes on performance assessments and is asked for her expertise in Radio France (17 May 2022).

Boring explains that women are in the minority in almost all economic professions. Since the award of the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1969, only two women have received the prestigious prize: the American Elinor Ostrom in 2009 and the Frenchwoman Esther Duflot. Furthermore, only 26% of all academic economists on the Repec-ranking are females.  


Within economics, there are certain fields in which women are more represented than other fields. For instance, labour economics, development economics, health, education, happiness economics, and gender economics are fields with relatively many women. Fields such as macro-economics, finance and econometrics are less occupied by women. Boring reasons that this is due to women not being listened to in fields that are not typically feminine.

Assistant professor

Anne Boring, Assistant-Professor

Assistant Professor Anne Boring joined the Economics department at Erasmus School of Economics in 2017. She is also Head of the Women in Business Chair, Sciences Po, Paris (LIEPP & PRESAGE) and Research Fellow at Tinbergen Institute. in 2021, she got appointed as Research Fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.

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For the whole item by Radio France, 17 May 2022, click here.

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