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Economic Textbooks Show a World with Few Women

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Published on Feb 2, 2018

Betsey Stevenson, associate professor of public policy at the University of Michigan's Ford School, talks about a new study that examines gender bias in introductory economics textbooks. She and co-author Hanna Zlotnick, a graduate student at the Ford School, found that women are underrepresented in fictionalized accounts, in choice of pronoun, and in the real people that enliven and motivate discussion of economic phenomena. Female students are not choosing economics in large numbers. "One part of the answer may be that women do not see themselves, their interests, and their lives described in economics textbooks," they wrote.

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