Joseph L. Smith Honors in Economics

An Examination of Sex Discrimination against Female Faculty in Academia
Differences in the terms and conditions of employment based not on productivity factors, but based on sex do occur in higher education. There are occurrences of women faculty being paid less than similarly qualified men, women not receiving benefits to which they are entitled (e.g., maternity leave) and women with qualifications comparable to similarly situated men being denied tenure and/or promotions. These results have been confirmed through hundreds of pages of trial evidence in sex discrimination cases. I set out to test for discrimination against women in academia, using a taste for discrimination model for 250 randomly selected schools.