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The Economist cites research on gender inequity in the profession by UCD Professor Jenna Stearns

In a recent article, the Economist cites ground-breaking research by UCD Assistant Professor Jenna Stearns and coauthors that, ironically, parental leave can actually make it harder for women to get tenure in Economics by allowing male colleagues to get even further ahead, raising the bar for tenure.

"Heather Antecol of Claremont McKenna College and Kelly Bedard and Jenna Stearns of the University of California, Santa Barbara have found that this family-friendly policy disadvantages female economists. Women in the field taking advantage of the extra time mostly use it for child care; men often use it for focused research undistracted by students. The effect has been to lower the chances of a woman getting tenure in her first job by 22 percentage points."