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Noah Smith: Economics is a dismal science for women

Forget anecdotes, there is quantitative evidence showing that economics is uniquely biased against women

Noah Smith 

Noah Smith British physicist Matt Taylor, who was involved with the Rosetta comet landing, recently found himself in the middle of a controversy about sexism and bad taste, after he was interviewed wearing a tacky shirt featuring pin-up girls toting guns. In true internet fashion, the incident was labelled ShirtStorm, and it sparked a debate about sexism in the sciences. Taylor has since apologised, issued a series of mea culpas, and showed as much contrition as one person could for a sartorial offense. Some of his female colleagues even came to his defence. But all this raises a question: why is it ...

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First Published: Sun, November 23 2014. 21:46 IST