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Sorry, feminists, men are better at Scrabble (and geography and math) – Publications – AEI

AEI Sorry, feminists, men are better at Scrabble (and geography and math) That’s the title (except for the parentheses) of Heather Mac Donald’s op-ed in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal: Since the World Scrabble Championship began in 1991, all winners have been male. The North American Scrabble Championship has had one female winner (in 1987) since its founding in 1978. All eight finalists in this year’s French World Scrabble Championships were men. Competitive Scrabble...

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Who’d a-thunk it? Gender earnings differences explained by gender preferences, not discrimination? – Publications – AEI

AEI Who’d a-thunk it? Gender earnings differences explained by gender preferences, not discrimination? This is the abstract of the job market paper “Why Do Women Earn Less Than Men? Evidence from Bus and Train Operators” by Valentin Bolotnyy, Ph.D. candidate in economics at Harvard: Even in a unionized environment, where work tasks are similar, hourly wages are identical, and tenure dictates promotions, female workers earn $0.89 on the male-worker dollar (weekly earnings)....

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Update on my efforts to advance civil rights and gender equity in higher education – Publications – AEI

AEI Update on my efforts to advance civil rights and gender equity in higher education In late June, I sent this email to the University of Minnesota Title IX Coordinator: According to this UM website: “The University of Minnesota is committed to the safety, dignity, and respect of all of its students, staff, faculty, volunteers and visitors. The University prohibits all forms of sex or gender based discrimination (Title IX violations).” According to this UM website: “The University of...

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Women earned majority of doctoral degrees in 2017 for 9th straight year and outnumber men in grad school 137 to 100 – Publications – AEI

AEI Women earned majority of doctoral degrees in 2017 for 9th straight year and outnumber men in grad school 137 to 100 The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) released its annual report today on US graduate school enrollment and degrees for 2017 and here are some of the more interesting findings in this year’s report: For the ninth year in a row, women earned a majority of doctoral degrees awarded at US universities in 2017. Of the 79,738 doctoral degrees awarded in 2017 (Table B.25), women...

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Details in BLS report suggest that most of the gender earnings gap is explained by age, marital status, children, hours worked – Publications – AEI

AEI Details in BLS report suggest that most of the gender earnings gap is explained by age, marital status, children, hours worked The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases an annual report every year on the “Highlights of Women’s Earnings” (since the BLS report actually analyzes equally both men’s and women’s earnings, one might ask why the report isn’t simply titled more accurately “Highlights of Earnings in America”?). Here’s the opening paragraph from the most recent BLS report...

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Venn diagram of the day: Is gender a social construct? Well, it all depends….. – Publications – AEI

AEI Venn diagram of the day: Is gender a social construct? Well, it all depends….. The Venn diagram above was inspired by Heather Mac Donald’s City Journal article “Gender Is a Construct—Except When It’s Not,” here’s a slice: A foundational tenet of academic feminism holds that alleged differences between males and females are socially constructed. This credo usually maximizes the opportunities for charging sexism, yet it will be discarded in an instant if...

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Table of the Day: Master’s degrees for Class of 2016 by field and gender. Oh, and the overall 31% master’s degree gap for men! – Publications – AEI

AEI Table of the Day: Master’s degrees for Class of 2016 by field and gender. Oh, and the overall 31% master’s degree gap for men! Following my post yesterday for bachelor’s degrees by field and gender in 2016, the table above shows the number of master’s degrees by major field of study and gender for the Class of 2016, ranked by the female share of each field (based on recently released Department of Education data here). A few observations: 1. Overall, women earned 59.2% of all...

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Table of the Day: Bachelor’s degrees for the Class of 2016 by field and gender. Oh, and the overall 25.6% degree gap for men! – Publications – AEI

AEI Table of the Day: Bachelor’s degrees for the Class of 2016 by field and gender. Oh, and the overall 25.6% degree gap for men! The table above shows the number of bachelor’s degrees by major field of study and gender for the College Class of 2016, ranked by the female share of each field (based on recently released Department of Education data here). A few observations: 1. Overall, women earned 57.34% of all bachelor’s degrees in 2016, which means there were 134 women...

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NYT gender bias: Small math test gap favoring boys is emphasized while much larger reading test gap favoring girls is downplayed – Publications – AEI

AEI NYT gender bias: Small math test gap favoring boys is emphasized while much larger reading test gap favoring girls is downplayed The chart above (with the red ellipses added) is from the New York Times article “Where Boys Outperform Girls in Math: Rich, White and Suburban Districts” and is based on 260 million standardized reading and math test scores for third through eighth graders in nearly every district in the country. Here’s the story’s lead: In much of the...

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More on my efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion and end gender discrimination in Michigan – Publications – AEI

AEI More on my efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion and end gender discrimination in Michigan At my request, the University of Michigan (UM) is currently reviewing 11 different university programs, initiatives, organizations, scholarships, and fellowships for possible violations of Title IX, the Michigan State Constitution, and UM’s own Nondiscrimination Policy. Specifically, each of the 11 cases appears to be illegally granting preferential treatment for cis women and...

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