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How long until another woman wins the top economics prize?

Not nearly enough women are entering the economics profession, owing to biases all the way through the system

By Vicky Pryce  

Elinor Ostrom is the only women to have won the Economics Nobel. Photo: Rainer Jensen/DPA/PA Images

Donna Strickland, an academic at the University of Waterloo in Canada, shared the recently-awarded Nobel Prize in physics. That brings the number of women awarded the physics prize since it started—Marie Curie was the first—to three. Much to celebrate there, even if progress is too slow. But only one woman, the late Elinor Ostrom—has ever won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

Admittedly the Economics Prize was only established in 1968, and Ostrom had won numerous top…

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