Graduation Year

2022

Date of Submission

12-2021

Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Mathematics

Reader 1

Christina Edholm

Reader 2

Sam Nelson

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2021 Lauren R Cashdan

Abstract

When it comes to women in professional hierarchies, it is important to recognize the lack of representation at the higher levels. By modeling these situations we hope to draw attention to the issues currently plaguing professional atmospheres. In a paper by Clifton et. al. (2019), they model the fraction of women at any level in a professional hierarchy using the parameters of hiring gender bias and internal homophily on behalf of the applicant. This thesis will focus on a key theory in Clifton et. al.’s analysis and explain its role in the model, specifically bifrucation analysis. In order to analyze the results from Clifton et. al., we give an introduction to bifrucation analysis for the reader. We will then suggest and analyze expansions of Clifton et. al.’s model and discussion of future directions.

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