Women making gains in economics, but progress is slow
MIT professor is third to get top honor
Last month MIT professor Amy Finkelstein became the third woman in the last five years to gain the honor, which recognizes the top US economist under 40. This recent history may be a sign of progress for women in the male-dominated field of economics, but it is advancement that is only coming slowly. Just one-third of Ph.D. economists today are women, a percentage that has changed little since 1995. Women hold just one in eight tenured posts in university economics departments.