Gender Bias in Teaching Evaluations
Jan Sauermann () and
No 6/2017, Working Paper Series from Stockholm University, Swedish Institute for Social Research
This paper provides new evidence on gender bias in teaching evaluations. We ex-ploit a quasi-experimental dataset of 19,952 student evaluations of university faculty in a context where students are randomly allocated to female or male instructors. Despite the fact that neither students’ grades nor self-study hours are aﬀected by the instructor’s gender, we ﬁnd that women receive systematically lower teaching evaluations than their male colleagues. This bias is driven by male students’ evaluations, is larger for mathematical courses and particularly pronounced for junior women. The gender bias in teaching evaluations we document may have direct as well as indirect eﬀects on the career progression of women by aﬀecting junior women’s conﬁdence and through the reallocation of instructor resources away from research and towards teaching.
Keywords: gender bias; teaching evaluations; female faculty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 J16 J45 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 62 pages
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Journal Article: Gender Bias in Teaching Evaluations (2019)
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Working Paper: Gender bias in teaching evaluations (2017)
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