Women PhDs in Science and Engineering Earn Less than Men One Year Out

May 18, 2016
Dr. Weinberg

IPR faculty affiliate Bruce Weinberg, Professor of Economics, is co-author of a new study finding that one year after they graduate, women with PhDs in science and engineering fileds earn 31 percent less than men. The pay gap dropped to 11 percent when the researchers took into account that women tended to graduate with degrees in fields that generally pay less than fields in which men got their degrees. The rest of the pay gap disappeared when the researchers controlled for whether women were married and had children. The study appears in the May 2016 issue of the American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings