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Gender Equality

Almost 40 percent of our students within the M.Sc. in Economics program are female. Within the doctoral program, the share is 30 percent. This number corresponds with the international situation: In the United States as well as in Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and even Sweden only about 1/4 to 1/3 of doctoral degrees in economics are awarded to women (source: Jonung, Christina and Ann-Charlotte Stahlberg: "Reaching the Top? On Gender Balance in the Economics Profession", Econ Journal Watch, Vol. 5 Number 2, May 2008, pp 174-192).

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Nino Mosiashvili, Georgia, BGSE doctoral students

To close the gender gap in the future, the BGSE strongly encourages qualified female students to send their application material. 

In general, we believe that the structured format of our programs makes it much easier to create an environment in which traditional gender barriers become less important. Students take classes together and there are plenty of opportunities to work together with other students in small groups. Young women find an appealing environment in which it is easy to meet and work with other women.

Some years ago, female doctoral students and postdocs of the BGSE founded a women's group where women can identify and discuss various topics of common interest in an informal environment and on a regular base. If you wish to get in touch with the group, please contact Dr. Silke Kinzig.

Numerous gender studies underline the importance of role models. The BGSE is proud of their female alumni. Many women who have studied at the BGSE are nowadays postdocs, assistant professors and full professors at renowned universities.

Doctoral students, regardless of their gender, have the chance to participate in soft skill seminars, e.g. seminars on academic presentations skills.

Students who have children and receive a scholarship by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundations - DFG) can ask for a children's allowance and under certain conditions for financial help for childcare. Furthermore, scholarships for students with small children can be prolonged in line with the regulations of the DFG (download DGF rules - excerpt in German). More information on gender equality in research promotion by the DFG can be found on the website of the DFG (see link at the end of this page).

The equal opportunity office of Bonn University has numerous offers for female students in general and for students with children as well as for female Ph.d. students in specific. For example, female Ph.d. students have the possibility to participate in coaching and mentoring programs, parents find help in arranging child care, female postdocs can apply for funds to realize research visits abroad. For details, visit the website of the equal opportunity office

If you have any questions related to gender equality at the BGSE, feel free to contact the managing director Dr. Silke Kinzig.

External links:

  • You may be interested in the website of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP). CSWEP is a subcommittee of the American Economics Association charged with addressing the status of women in the economics profession.
  • The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundations - DFG) provides background information, facts and figures on gender equality in research promotion by the DFG (DFG equal opportunities).
  • efas is a German network of female economists founded in 2000 (website in German only).
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