A possible explanation of the gender gap among accounting academics: evidence from the choice of research field Articles uri icon

publication date

  • December 2014

start page

  • 1183

end page

  • 1206


  • 4


  • 54

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0810-5391

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-629X


  • Despite the significant increase in the number of women in accounting research over past decades, the percentage of female full professors in accounting is still low. One of the problems may relate to the research area(s) they choose to specialize in. Is the relatively slow promotion of women due to their decision to concentrate in 'nonmainstream' fields of research? In this study, we collect data on 1,042 male and female accounting academics. Using the research interests declared on each academic web page, we find that accounting researchers show no significant gender differences in their choice of research fields. Hence, we conclude that the underpromotion of women cannot be attributed to their choice of 'nonmainstream' fields.


  • occupational segregation; research fields; gender segregation; gender gap