May 26, 2022

Research Article: “Gender Inequality in Research Productivity During the COVID-19 Pandemic”(Preprint)

The following research article (preprint) was recently shared on arXiv.


Gender Inequality in Research Productivity During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Ruomeng Cui
Emory University

Hao Ding Goizueta
Emory University

Feng Zhu
Harvard University


via arXiv


We study the disproportionate impact of the lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak on female and male academics’ research productivity in social science. We collect data from the largest open-access preprint repository for social science on 41,858 research preprints in 18 disciplines produced by 76,832 authors across 25 countries in a span of two years. We find that during the 10 weeks after the lockdown in the United States, although the total research productivity increased by 35%, female academics’ productivity dropped by 13.9% relative to that of male academics. We also show that several disciplines drive such gender inequality. Finally, we find that this intensified productivity gap is more pronounced for academics in top-ranked universities, and the effect exists in six other countries.

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See Also: Research Paper (Preprint): “COVID-19 Amplifies Gender Disparities in Research” (June 12, 2020)

See Also: Research Article (Preprint): “Covid-19 Tweeting in English: Gender Differences” (March 26, 2020)

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