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Women in Economics: The role of gendered advising practices at entry in the profession

08 June 2022, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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In this webinar, Lucia Rizzica will discuss whether, and to what extent, female graduate students in the field of economics are subject to different advising practices and its impact on the start of their careers.

This event is free.

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Francesca Foliano

Lucia will talk about a research based on a novel rich dataset covering ten cohorts of academic job market applicants to two top institutions in Italy.

Researchers collect information from the applicants’ CVs, conduct text analysis of reference letters using several Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques in order to measure gender differences in the style and content of the letters, and finally combine the resulting measures with information on the applicants’ subsequent labour market outcomes as extrapolated from the main online repositories. 

Results reveal that male and female candidates receive different support from their sponsors, with letters systematically differing in their style and content. 

This significantly affects candidates' placement to the point that, if female candidates were to receive the same recommendation letters as male candidates, the observed gender gaps in the main early career outcomes would decrease significantly or even be reverted.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in gender equality and social science.

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About the Speaker

Lucia Rizzica

Economist at Bank of Italy, Law and Economics Unit

Her main research interests are in labour and family economics and in the economics of crime.