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We hear a lot about the under-representation of women in so-called STEM fields - science, technology, engineering and maths.

But the proportion of women in economics is by some measures smaller.

In the US, only about 13% of academic economists in permanent posts are women; in the UK the proportion is only slightly better at 15.5%.

Only one woman has ever won the Nobel Prize in economics - American Elinor Ostrom in 2009.

And there wasn't even a single woman on some of the lists floating about guessing who this year's prize winner would be - it went to the behavioural economist Richard Thaler.

Some have argued that these figures aren't necessarily the result of bias.

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