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Evaluating the CSWEP Mentoring Program for Female Junior Faculty in Economics
Last registered on December 02, 2013

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Trial Information
General Information
Title
Evaluating the CSWEP Mentoring Program for Female Junior Faculty in Economics
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0000136
Initial registration date
December 02, 2013
Last updated
December 02, 2013 9:16 AM EST
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Cornell University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University fo Texas, Arlington
PI Affiliation
Princeton University
PI Affiliation
University of Kansas
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2003-09-15
End date
2014-01-07
Secondary IDs
Abstract
While much has been written about the potential benefits of mentoring in academia, very little research documents its effectiveness. We use a randomized controlled trial to evaluate a mentoring program for female economists organized by the Committee for the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP) and sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the American Economics Association. We have evaluated the performance of three cohorts of participants and randomly-assigned controls from 2004, 2006, and 2008. Ongoing work continues the evaluation of longer term outcomes for these three cohorts and investigates outcomes for three additional cohorts--2010, 2012, and 2014. Our interim assessment of the program’s effects for the first three cohorts suggests that mentoring works. After five years the 2004 treatment group averaged .4 more NSF or NIH grants and 3 additional publications, and were 25 percentage points more likely to have a top-tier publication. There are significant but smaller effects at three years post-treatment for the 2004 and 2006 cohorts combined. While it was too early to assess the ultimate effects of mentoring on the academic careers of program participants from these cohorts, the results suggest that this type of mentoring may be one way to help women advance in the Economics profession and, by extension, in other male-dominated academic fields.
Registration Citation
Citation
Blau, Francine et al. 2013. "Evaluating the CSWEP Mentoring Program for Female Junior Faculty in Economics." AEA RCT Registry. December 02. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.136-1.0.
Former Citation
Blau, Francine et al. 2013. "Evaluating the CSWEP Mentoring Program for Female Junior Faculty in Economics." AEA RCT Registry. December 02. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/136/history/650.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The American Economic Association (AEA) Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP) has sponsored biannual mentoring workshops for junior female faculty since 2004. For each cohort (wave), we use a randomized controlled trial to evaluate this program. We first screen out unqualified applicants and then divide applicants into groups by field of economics and randomly allocate qualified applicants to participate in the CEMENT Mentoring program (treatments) or not to participate in the program (controls). Data were collected from both treatments and controls at the point of application. Subsequent data on outcomes were collected from publicly available sources such as on-line curriculum vitas for both groups. There will be at least 6 cohorts in total (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014).
Intervention Start Date
2004-01-04
Intervention End Date
2014-01-07
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Publications total, publicatons top tier, grants, remaining in academia, tenure, tenure at institution of first job
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Qualified applicants to the CSWEP mentoring program were first divided into groups by field, and then randomly allocated to participate in the CeMENT Mentoring program (treatments) or not to participate (controls). Data were collected from both treatments and controls at the point of application. Subsequent data on outcomes were collected from publicly available sources such as on-line vitas for both groups.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization was done in office by drawing names from a hat.
Randomization Unit
Randomization was within groups defined by field of specialization for each of 6 cohorts (waves)
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
6 treatment cohorts, each with approximately 80 treatments and controls divided into approximately 8-10 groups defined by academic sub-field.
Sample size: planned number of observations
6 cohorts, each with approximately 80 participants (including both treatments and controls) divided into approximately 8-10 groups by academic sub-field.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
6 cohorts, each with approximately 80 participants divided into 8-10 groups by academic sub-field and randomized within each group to treatment and control status.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers