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Gender Promotion Gap in Japanese Academia in 2004-2013: Has It Changed Over Time?

Ana Maria Takahashi (), Shingo Takahashi () and Atsuko Ueda ()
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Ana Maria Takahashi: Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University
Shingo Takahashi: Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation
Atsuko Ueda: School of Political Science and Economics

No 1914, Discussion Papers from Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University

Abstract: Using a complete survey of the entire faculty covering 2004 to 2013, we examine the gender promotion gap in Japanese academia and assess how it changed over time. The gap at the full professor rank in national and local public universities stayed constant at slightly above 7 percentage points, while the gap in private universities exhibited a mild increase from 5.9 to 8.1 percentage points. When we combine all universities, the gap shows a slight increase from 6.9 to 7.8 percentage points. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and social science fields in public universities have significantly higher gaps than other fields. We do not find consistent evidence that the two governmental grants, the ‘Grant Program for Supporting Female Researchers’ and the ‘Grant Program to Accelerate the Reform of Training Female Researchers’, that aimed to foster female academics’ careers, have reduced the gender promotion gaps. We also find no evidence that these grants increased the department level share of female faculty. JEL Classification: J7

Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2019-12
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