Using a panel of 159 institutions over 10 years, we investigate the role model effect of women faculty and quantitative requirements on the female proportion of undergraduate economics majors. We find no evidence that female faculty attract female students. Calculus, however, does matter. A one semester calculus requirement is associated with more female majors at institutions offering business degrees and liberal arts colleges. A second semester calculus requirement deters women from majoring in economics at Ph.D.–granting universities, but is associated with more female majors at liberal arts colleges. Econometrics requirements are unrelated to the gender gap in economics majors.
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Emerson, Tisha L. N., KimMarie McGoldrick and John J. Siegfried. “The Gender Gap in Economics Degrees: An Investigation of the Role Model and Quantitative Requirements Hypotheses: Gender Gap in Economic Degrees.” Southern Economic Journal 84, no. 3 (January 2018): 898-911. https://doi.org/10.1002/soej.12247
Emerson, Tisha L. N.; McGoldrick, KimMarie; and Siegfried, John J., "The Gender Gap in Economics Degrees: An Investigation of the Role Model and Quantitative Requirement Hypotheses" (2018). Economics Faculty Publications. 63.