Pandemic has economic forecasters going back to the drawing board

Jun 16, 2021
For Ellen Zentner, chief U.S. economist at Morgan Stanley, the pandemic meant scrapping all the models and going back to the fundamentals.
People walk past the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street.
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Do looks matter for success in economics? Actually, they're pretty important.

Feb 18, 2021
The short answer is yes, but you should read the long answer too.
A recent working paper on the effect of attractiveness on the job outcomes of economists is the latest example of the economics profession reflecting on itself.
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The pipeline problem for Black women in economics

Jul 1, 2020
Kai Ryssdal talks with Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, CEO of the Sadie Collective.
Graduates of Spelman College in Georgia, a historically Black women's college, attend commencement ceremonies in 2002.
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How does race fit into intro econ courses?

Jun 25, 2020
Gary Hoover of the University of Oklahoma said talking about race in Econ 101 would help increase diversity in the field.
"What we expect in economics is that everyone will be ... rational," says economist Gary Hoover. Above, students at a university in Germany.
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What's going to happen to GDP?

Apr 20, 2020
With millions of sudden job losses and an unprecedented economic shutdown, forecasting GDP is different than usual this quarter.
Consumer purchases make up a large part of the economy. But right now, people aren't spending as much as they used to. Above, Target shoppers in 2001.
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An econ textbook for the real world

This new free, open source economics textbook was developed by polling students from 25 universities about what economics should teach, explains Professor Homa Zarghamee of Barnard College.
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Together, let’s get some "Econ Extra Credit"

Jan 28, 2020
Let’s read an Econ 101 textbook together, just 12 pretty slim chapters. It will be like a virtual book club.
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A new museum of economic theory for Paris

Jul 9, 2019
Art, sculpture ... economic theory? The Central Bank of France is behind the capital's latest museum.
One of the exhibitions at Citéco.
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The economics of the "Avengers" universe

Apr 25, 2019
The events of the last “Avengers” film could have dramatic economic consequences.
The cast and crew of "Avengers: Infinity War" attend the Los Angeles premiere. 

 
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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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