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"For too long, economists have dodged the issue of racism and discrimination"

Jun 18, 2020
In an “open letter to economists,” Howard University professor and Chief Economist for the AFL-CIO William Spriggs asked his fellow economists to consider how the profession views race.
As protests over racial inequality continue around the country, many economists are reconsidering their profession's approach to race.
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How the nation's top economists view sexism and racism in their field

Jan 7, 2020
The latest meeting of the American Economic Association confronted some hard truths.
Janet Yellen and Ben Bernanke have both served as Federal Reserve Board Chairs during the Obama Administration. Yellen will also soon replace Bernanke as the President of the American Economic Association.
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Economists want to end hotel room job interviews

Sep 4, 2019
For many American economists, hotel room job interviews used to be the norm. A new policy from the American Economic Association wants to change that.
One year ago, Ph.D. student Kathryn Holston wrote a memo criticizing interviews in hotel rooms at the American Economic Association's annual conference.
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What it is like to be a female economist

A Washington Post reporter talks about the "seemingly minor sexist moments" at the biggest gathering of economists in the U.S.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, left, and former chairs Janet Yellen and Ben Bernanke participate in a panel discussion at the American Economic Association conference on Jan. 4 in Atlanta.
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