From Diversifying Economic Quality: A Wiki for Instructors and Departments
The representation of women and under-represented racial/ethnic minorities as faculty within Economics departments at colleges and universities has improved significantly since the 1970’s, but there is still far to go. In 1972, women represented 8.8% of assistant professors, 3.7% of associate professors, and 2.4% of full professors across Ph.D. granting departments. 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 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). The decreasing percentage of racial and ethnic minorities within economics faculties makes it evident that, similar to women, racial minorities are leaking out of the academic pipeline in Economics.