, Jan Sauermann
and Ulf Zölitz
Friederike Mengel: University of Essex
Jan Sauermann: Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University, Postal: SOFI, Stockholm University, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Ulf Zölitz: Briq institute, Bonn
Abstract: This paper provides new evidence on gender bias in teaching evaluations. We ex-ploit a quasi-experimental dataset of 19,952 student evaluations of university faculty in a context where students are randomly allocated to female or male instructors. Despite the fact that neither students’ grades nor self-study hours are aﬀected by the instructor’s gender, we ﬁnd that women receive systematically lower teaching evaluations than their male colleagues. This bias is driven by male students’ evaluations, is larger for mathematical courses and particularly pronounced for junior women. The gender bias in teaching evaluations we document may have direct as well as indirect eﬀects on the career progression of women by aﬀecting junior women’s conﬁdence and through the reallocation of instructor resources away from research and towards teaching.
62 pages, September 25, 2017
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