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 the profession is still far from achieving parity. 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 2012, women represented 28.3% of assistant professors, 21.6% of tenured associate professors, and 11.6% of full professors.
The representation of minorities in economics faculty is another pressing issue that deserves attention in the field of economics. Across all institutions, Blacks and Hispanics constituted 5.6% of all full-time tenured and tenure-track economics faculty. In Ph.D. granting economics departments, Black economists represented 1.8% of assistant professors, 2.8% of associate professors, and 1.2% of full professors; Hispanics represented 7.6% of assistant professors, 4.5% of associate professors, and 2.2% of full professors.
The lack of women and of racial and ethnic minorities amongst faculty in doctoral programs suggest both past and future difficulties in creating a diverse and inclusive profession.