Sunday, April 09, 2006

Professor Bainbridge snubs Harvard faculty

In this TCS Daily article he offers a possible explanation for why women make up such a small percentage of large law firm partners.
This research suggests that self-sorting on the basis of risk preferences may explain at least part of the lingering gender disparities among large law firm partners. This inference finds some support in a recent study by Muriel Niederle and Lise Vesterlund, which found that women seek to avoid competition, which may help explain why they are less likely to obtain promotions and more lucrative jobs.
I can't wait to see the backlash. Women are risk averse? How dare he.

I once opined in mixed company that I thought there were very few women in CompSci because most women probably weren't interested in it. I got more than one ear full. How is that degrading?

Oh well, it is a very informative article, go read it.


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