From Diversifying Economic Quality: A Wiki for Instructors and Departments
The representation of women and underrepresented minorities in economics faculty departments has improved significantly since the 1970’s, although concerns are still warranted.
Across Ph.D. granting departments, in 1972 women represented 8.8% of assistant professors, 3.7% of associate professors, and 2.4% of full professors. In comparison, as of 2009, women represented 28.4% of assistant professors, 21.8% of tenured associate professors, and 9.7% of full professors. Even though there have been great strides in the representation of women at each level of the pipeline, the rate at which women move through the economics pipeline is still worrisome.
The representation of minorities in economics faculty departments has been continually cited as an issue that deserves attention in the field of economics. “Across all institutions, blacks and Hispanics constituted 1.9% and 2.7%, respectively, of all tenured and tenure-track economics faculty. Among nontenure-track faculty, blacks and Hispanics constituted 2.6% and 1.9%, respectively. The black share of tenured, tenure-track, and nontenure-track faculty is lowest among Ph.D. granting economics departments. For Hispanics, the tenured/tenure-track faculty share is lowest among M.A. granting institutions, and the nontenure-track faculty share is lowest among Ph.D. granting institutions (AEA).” It is evident that among racial minorities as well, a decreasing percentage of minorities move along the academic economics pipeline.