Gender Gap in Productivity: Part Of Our Recent Study

May 5, 2021


Yuha Jung

According to various studies, men publish more research papers than women, a phenomenon commonly referred to as the “productivity puzzle.”  While the exact reasoning behind this “puzzle” is unknown, we do offer some explanations, as highlighted in our journal article on gender disparity in arts administration scholarships (Jung, Schinberg, and Xie 2020). One of the explanations for the productivity puzzle between men and women is parental leave. It’s no secret that women more often than not take time off work both when pregnant and once they’ve had their baby. However, although men have more recently been known to also take parental leave, generally, the leave is much greater for women, potentially months or even years, when compared to men taking a couple of weeks at most. 

There are other potential unknown reasons that would require future research. After all, it’s called the ‘productivity puzzle’ for a reason. Nonetheless, our journal article perhaps explains the puzzle in more detail. If you would like to discuss more about the productivity puzzle or any other aspect of our most recent study, you can contact Yuha by clicking here.


I am an associate professor and the director of graduate studies of Arts Administration at the University of Kentucky. I am a devoted educator and researcher who is passionate about studying museums and social and cultural justice issues around the arts and cultural organizations and teaching students about them. I primarily teach financial management 

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