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Economics has a gender problem—and it starts at school

Universities are making an effort to recruit more women to the discipline. But the intervention should start earlier

By Sarah Smith  

Economics as an academic discipline is hotly contested. Some economists claim we need to rip it up and start again; others point to huge changes that have been made in what is taught in universities and how it is taught. But, beyond this debate about the nature of the discipline, there is a bigger concern: who is studying the subject in the first place.

Economics students are predominantly male and more likely to come from a private school than…

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