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Cordelia Fine (Melbourne): “Nothing to see here: Male dominance and androcentrism in academic finance”
16 February 2021, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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Abstract: Globally, women are disadvantaged with respect to finance-related laws, leadership and outcomes. We investigate gender-related knowledge production in academic finance, and its association with female authorship. Analysis of the authorship of more than 100,000 academic finance articles published between 1918 and 2020 revealed persistent dominance of U.S.-based men. We then used the natural language processing technique of topic modelling to infer topics, revealing gendered patterns of publishing across topics. Female authorship was associated with greater likelihood of research questions concerned with women and finance. However, fewer than 1% of articles examined such questions, and these commonly focused on the instrumental benefits of women for others. Our results suggest the marginalization of women within academic finance as authors, editors, objects of inquiry, and beneficiaries of knowledge.
This work is in collaboration with Dr Nitin Yadav and Professor Carsten Murawski, Brain, Mind & Markets Laboratory, Department of Finance, The University of Melbourne.
Cordelia Fine is a Professor in the School of Historical & Philosophical Studies at The University of Melbourne.