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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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The Gender Wage Gap Is A Chasm For Women Of Color, In One Chart

US Politics / Liberal : Think Progress (10 hours ago)

Black, Hispanic, and Native women make far less on average than what white men make. The post The Gender Wage Gap Is A Chasm For Women Of Color, In One Chart appeared first on ThinkProgress. Read Post

The Gender Wage Gap Didn’t Budge Last Year

US Politics / Liberal : Think Progress (2 days ago)

Women who work full time, year round still make just a portion of what similar men make. The post The Gender Wage Gap Didn’t Budge Last Year appeared first on ThinkProgress. Read Post

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

Academics / Mathematics : Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science (2 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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