Too Many ‘Male-Dominated’ Textbooks in Economics, Professor Argues

, Accuracy in Academia, 2 Comments

University of Michigan professor Betsey Stevenson presented the argument that there are too many “male-dominated” textbooks in economics. Her presentation was at the American Economic Association, which is an association of academic economists.

She said that 77% of the top eight-leading economic textbooks are written by males and that this ratio needs to change in order to attract the student body that economists want.


2 Responses

  1. Margaret Snyder

    February 2, 2018 12:58 pm

    I am a woman and I could not care less about the sex of my textbook authors. Men and women are different. Deal with it.

  2. conservativeprof

    February 2, 2018 5:16 pm

    How would she change authorship of textbooks? Textbooks are a mostly a side show by faculty. Faculty must focus on research and teaching. Writing a textbook requires a solid background in teaching the subject and an opportunity (3 to 4 years) to focus on writing a textbook. Textbook markets are difficult to crack with existing textbooks presenting strong barriers to new competition. Faculty have high switching cost to a new textbook. Established textbooks have resources to invest in supplementary material to gain new adoptions and keep existing adoptions.

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