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‘Testosterone-Fueled Bear Pit’ Discourages Women From Economics

  • British policy maker says field is ‘dominated by white men’
  • Gender pay gap is widest in economics among U.K. professors

The field of economics has a “dirty secret” that’s putting women off its pursuit in academia: It’s a “testosterone-fueled bear pit.”

That’s according to one of the U.K.’s most influential economic policy makers David Miles. And it’s one of the big reasons the field has been dominated by men, said Miles, head of macroeconomic forecasting at the country’s fiscal watchdog, the Office for Budget Responsibility.