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Study: Female economists less likely to receive collaboration credit

A recent study shows that female economists who co-author papers are statistically less recognized for their equal contribution than male collaborators, according to The New York Times.

Heather Sarsons, a doctoral candidate in economics at Harvard University, crunched data from top-ranked universities over the last 40 years and found that women in the field publish just as often as men but were half as likely to receive tenure.

The study suggests that if a female faculty member co-authors a study with a male faculty member, it is the man who reaps the credit for the work.

Sarsons performed a parallel study in the field of sociology and found there was no difference in how men and women got credit for collaborative work.