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“The Gender of Economics” – Dr. Alyssa Schneebaum

Event Start Date:
March 23, 2021
Event End Date:
March 23, 2021
Event Venue:

Date(s) - 23/03/2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


During this event, Dr. Alyssa Schneebaum, an Assistant Professor of Economics at the
Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria, discussed her recent work “The
Gender of Economics.” Dr. Schneebaum defined gendered economics as an economics whose
processes, analyses, and teachings are deeply affected by gender norms and are consequently
masculinized and feminized. The problem with gendered economics is that its findings exclude
the interests of all individuals. Dr. Schneebaum argues that the field of economics must take a
critical lens inward to improve for the better.

To characterize the gendered nature of economics, Dr. Schneebaum is examining
economics’ past, present, and future. As for the past, Dr. Schneebaum quantified the averages of
the shares of abstracts from the Top 5 economics journals including the words “gender”,
women”, “woman”, “sex”, and/or “female” over time. As for the present, she is measuring the
differences in the use of first-person pronouns versus “this paper…” in top-5 journals. She has
found that women are more likely to use first-person pronouns. Although Dr. Schneebaum has
not yet identified the causes for this discrepancy, she suggests that female authors feel a greater
need to assert ownership over their papers than men through the use of the first-person.

In characterizing the future of gendered economics, Dr. Schneebaum is implementing an
experiment in introductory university economics classes. She plans to add gender-specific
information to complement standard course topics, such as GDP and fiscal spending. For
example, a professor would present the topic of GDP and mention how traditionally women’s
work is often excluded from GDP. Dr. Schneebaum is pursuing this experiment with the hope
that female students will have increased interest in pursuing careers in economics.

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