January 27, 2005
Re: Males at the Tails

Larry's recent post on the greater variance in men's math abilities reminds me of a recent discussion about male/female enrollments in Berry's business school. Berry is nearly two-thirds female, but two of the majors in its business school, economics and management have 75% or so male students. (The school's other three majors, accounting , marketing, and finance, are all close to the overall college ratio with accounting being a bit more female and finance being a bit more male.) When one of my colleagues expressed concern about the maleness of econ and management my immediate response was that the ratios might be the result of sorting by academic ability. (Note to my Berry student readers: Please do not forward this to your management major friends. I am, of course, merely referring to group statistics not individual attributes.) As one might expect if the math ability hypothesis is operative, several econ students (maybe a fourth) are majoring or minoring in math.

There's another interesting angle to this discussion. Berry's econ faculty members are all male but it's management faculty members are evenly split between men and women. Hence the heavily male enrollment in both majors suggests that having female faculty members doesn't seem to have a big "role model effect" in attracting female students to management.

Posted by E. Frank Stephenson at 11:26 PM  ·  TrackBack (3)

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