From Diversifying Economic Quality: A Wiki for Instructors and Departments
In this section, data has been compiled to present patterns of participation for members of various groups at various stages in the field of Economics.
Since 1990 females have only constituted between 30 and 32 percent of undergraduate economic majors (except between 2001-2003 where the percentage spiked to 35 percent). This imbalance in the undergraduate level, has led to an underrepresentation of women through all levels in the academic economic pipeline. (Siegfried).
In comparison, since 1995 the percentage of women in undergraduate engineering has hovered near 20% (Cosentino, Horting) and in political science, since 1990, women have constituted between 43 and 50 percent of undergraduate majors (Brandes, Buker, et.al).
It is evident that the underrepresentation of women in Economics is an issue that needs attention.
In terms of race, the percentage of minorities awarded undergraduate degrees in economics has hovered around 12 -13 percent since 1996. Since 2002, the total percentage of minorities awarded undergraduate degrees in science and engineering has hovered around 17 percent and for social sciences as a whole, 19.5 percent. The fact that minority students comprise a larger percentage of science and engineering majors (fields that are typically criticized due to the lack of minority representation) than they do economics majors is alarming.
The comparison tool allows departments to compare their participation rates to national averages and/or averages for subgroups such as elite liberal arts institutions.