Discussion paper

DP18066 Gender Homophily, Collaboration, and Output

We consider the implications of gender homophily in Economics, which has persisted despite the significant increase in women in the field. As women remain underrepresented, gender homophily may serve as a constraint in collaboration. It could also lead to less gender diverse co-author teams than may be optimal in terms of generating high quality research papers. We show that gender homophily neither constrains collaboration nor prevents higher quality output. This implies that a mere increase in women in Economics will not be sufficient to erase existing gender inequalities.


Ductor, L and A Prummer (2023), ‘DP18066 Gender Homophily, Collaboration, and Output ‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 18066. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp18066