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Underepresentation of women in economics: an analyses of the academic career in Brazil

Grant number: 19/16952-7
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: November 01, 2019 - October 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Economics
Principal Investigator:Fabiana Fontes Rocha
Grantee:Fabiana Fontes Rocha
Home Institution: Faculdade de Economia, Administração e Contabilidade (FEA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers: Cecilia Machado ; Maria Dolores Montoya Diaz ; Paula Carvalho Pereda ; Renata Del Tedesco Narita


The underrepresentation of women in Economics is remarkable across all levels of academia (bachelor, masters, doctorate, and faculties), private sector and government. Furthermore, women tend to advance less than men as economists on the career path. Thus, the unbalance in gender representation is more substantial at upper levels of the profession, including positions in academia. The first part of this project aims to study the relative position of women in Economics at all stages of the academic profession, from undergraduate students to a Full Professor status. Given the lack of data concerning the participation of women in Economic Departments in Brazil along the distinct stages of academic career, this research project intends to, first, fulfill this gap by collecting data, through specific surveys conducted to a representative group of Brazilian departments of Economics. The main goals are to understand the evolution of female economists within the academic career in Brazil, to include the country's findings on the international agenda about the subject and to advance in further research prospects built upon the primary diagnosis. The second part of this project aims to analyze the issue of female representation in Economics arising from the dimensions of the research activity. Given that, our study would be interested in the female participation in the two main national conferences on the subject, namely the Anpec (Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pós-Graduação em Economia) and the SBE (Sociedade Brasileira de Econometria) conferences. (AU)