This was originally just going to be a bullet-point in a What I’ve Been Reading post, but it ended up quite crowded and most crucially, I couldn’t figure out how to embed tweets in between sub–bullet points.
On gender bias in the profession:
JPAL Interview with Prof. Rohini Pande, recipient of the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award for furthering the status of women in economics: “To women: hang in there, even when it feels like institutions aren't working for you; the generation after you needs you.”
(Was informed video of her reception speech would be uploaded here eventually)
…it also deprives economics, in general, of its best chance to serve the public most effectively. A narrow pipeline of economists has created a profession vulnerable to groupthink. Lacking the widest possible range of perspectives, life experiences, and expertise, the profession stands to miss crucial information, and make poor decisions.
How different would US economic policy be if people from ethnic minorities more consistently took part in policymaking? How different would policies be if the macroeconomic models they were founded on more fully reflected people’s lived experiences? A black man living in the US doesn’t need a research study to tell him his chances of good employment and decent credit are worse than for his white peers. But maybe a policymaker does.