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Why Aren’t There More Female Patent-Holders?

We've blogged before about gender inequality and the persistent male/female wage gap.  A new working paper by Jennifer Hunt, Jean-Philippe Garant, Hannah Herman, and David J. Munroe highlights another arena where women are lagging: commercialized patents. Only 7.5 percent of regular patent and 5.5 percent of commercial patent holders are female.  The authors explored various explanations for the gap: Using the National Survey of College Graduates 2003, we find only 7% of the gap is accounted for by women's lower probability of holding any science or engineering degree, because women with such a degree are scarcely more likely to patent than women without.
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Sigh: Female Doctors Earn $50,000 Less a Year Than Male Doctors

Pop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel (last year)

Despite a diminishing gender wage gap in the general work force, the health care sector seems to be clinging onto pay inequity with unparalleled tenacity. In fact, the gender pay gap between male and female doctors, dentists, and ot... Read Post

The Gender Gap Persists, Even Among Hollywood's Most Rich And Powerful

Pop Culture / Celebrity : PopEater (yesterday)

Female actors in Hollywood are earning less than their male counterparts. On Friday, The Daily Beast released information from the Sony hack which reveals that Jennifer Lawrence received a smaller portion of the back-end compensatio... Read Post

Story time meets the all-else-equal fallacy and the fallacy of measurement

Academics / Mathematics : Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science (3 years ago)

Alex Tabarrok with a good catch: In Why Don’t Women Patent?, a recent NBER paper, Jennifer Hunt et al. [Jean-Philippe Garant, Hannah Herman, and David Munroe] present a stark fact: Only 5.5% of the holders of commercialized patents ... Read Post


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