Gender differences and the role of social capital in academic productivity

Trine Baltzer Mose & Victoria Berth Lyhne

Student thesis: Master thesis


In this thesis we investigate gender differences and the role of social capital in academic productivity. We use a manually collected dataset of 131 academics within the field of biology in the UK. We use statistical tests to find out whether there are gender differences in productivity and how social capital relates to productivity. When testing three different groups of academics - who received their PhDs in the 1970s, the 1980s or the 1990s - our results show mixed findings in terms of gender differences within academic productivity. By using previous literature, we are able to come up with reasons for why we see the gender differences that we do. Furthermore, our results show a positive and significant relationship between quantitative productivity and social capital. By drawing on literature we are able to decipher the implications from this relation.

EducationsMSc in Management of Innovation and Business Development, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2014
Number of pages103