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The Gender Gap in Citations: Lessons from Demographic Economics Journals

This paper investigates gender differentials in citations of articles published in two journals specialized in Demographic Economics, a field that has traditionally attracted relatively large numbers of women researchers. In contrast to findings based on citations of top economics journals, we find a gender gap in citations favoring women among articles published in the Journal of Population Economics (JPOP) or the Review of Economics of the Household (REHO) between 2003 and 2014 . If the corresponding author is male, having at least one female co-author boosts citations. Across subfields of demographic economics, citations of female authors increase as female representation in the subfield increases. The gender gap in citations favoring women is not found for authors with limited experience past graduate school, which supports an explanation for the gender gap based on authors’ prior experience with economics journals of higher rank.

Authors: 
Shoshana Grossbard, San Diego State University
Tansel Yilmazer, Ohio State University
Lingrui Zhang, University of Waterloo
Publication Date: 
October, 2018
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Publication Status: 
Document Number: 
2018-078
File Description: 
First version, October 22, 2018