Does Gender Matter for Promotion in Science? Evidence from Physicists in France

Jacques Mairesse*, Michele Pezzoni*, Fabiana Visentin*

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In this study, we examine the promotion dynamics at the French Institute of Physics (INP) in CNRS, one of the largest European public research organizations. We construct a long panel combining a dataset on the career histories of INP scientists with survey data. Using event history analysis, we find that, having controlled for scientific productivity, female and male physicists have the same promotion rate from junior to senior positions. However, we also find that promotion factors such as family characteristics, mentoring, professional network, research responsibilities have different impacts on female and male researchers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1005-1043
Number of pages39
JournalRevue Economique
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

JEL classifications

  • i23 - Higher Education and Research Institutions
  • j13 - "Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth"


  • promotion
  • gender disparity
  • family responsibilities
  • research productivity
  • research responsibilities
  • mentoring activities
  • event history analysis
  • panel data


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