How can we achieve gender balance in economics?

Seminar on gender equality: Professor Wendy Carlin is visiting NHH to give a talk about the CORE project – a project that is trying to reform the undergraduate economics curriculum – and provide input to NHH’s ongoing work to improve gender balance. Foto: Milan David and Pexels/ Christina Morillo
NHH By Ingrid Aarseth Johannessen

8 November 2019 09:24

How can we achieve gender balance in economics?

A global paradigm project is trying to make more women choose business by changing the discipline. The leader of the project Wendy Carlin is coming to NHH on 22 November.

About the project

  • CORE is an open-access platform for anyone who wants to understand the economics of innovation, inequality, environmental sustainability, and more.
  • The project wants to reform the undergraduate economics curriculum.
  • Have produced The Economy, an open-access e-book.
  • Launched in 2013.

Source: UCL and CORE

“We know that women who do study economics tend to be interested in psychology and the other social sciences, while men who come to economics might have instead studied engineering or business,” writes Wendy Carlin and collaborators affiliated the CORE project in an article published on The Conversation.

Wendy Carlin is Professor of Economics at University College London (UCL), and leader of the CORE project. She is coming to NHH to give a talk on this topic. 

Title of the seminar is “Recruiting, retaining, and empowering a more diverse student body – lessons from the CORE project in economics”.


New way of teaching

The aim of the seminar is to increase awareness of gender equality in a broad sense, raise challenges and opportunities, and provide input to NHH’s ongoing work to improve gender balance and the quality of education and research.

After the seminar, there will be a panel discussion with Wendy Carlin, Professor and PhD-coordinator Gisle Andersen, Professor Christine B. Meyer, and Professor and Deputy Rector and Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Linda Nøstbakken.

The CORE project offers a new way of teaching economics, using real world economic and social problems – inequality, climate change, instability, wealth creation and innovation – to teach fundamental economic concepts and quantitative skills.

Introduces radically new content

The team behind CORE believes that this approach will appeal to all students, but especially women:

“We developed the CORE project – an online introduction to economics – to see if radically new content in first year economics courses can get the missing women back. As well as economic theory, it is problem-centered and more interdisciplinary,” Carlin and collaborators writes in the same article on The Conversation.

The CORE project have among other things, produced an open-access e-book for a first course in economics, which is being used at several universities around the world.