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first question from @BetseyStevenson to the panel why has progress for women in economics stalled?
‘fun fact’ from @Susan_Athey when noting past progress: she was first woman with tenure to give birth at two econ departments ... was question of balancing life and economics research
going back further Janet Yellen shares that she completed her PhD in “heyday of women’s lib” ... lots of energy behind change, protesting but feminism died out
backstory on econ activism an early Atlanta ASSA from @Undercoverhist lines up:
oh wow, listening to @Susan_Athey recall her ‘inner critic’ from early in her career ... tough take on the “star mentality” and “being serious”
Kalemli-Özcan on the seminar culture ... learned, aggressive behaviors ... and contrasts coping strategies of older econos and of younger ones saying no way
lots of back and forth here ... I appreciate them focusing on the concrete aspects of econ seminars ... It’s not that hard to frame a question constructively and tougher point from Janet Yellen on responsibility of bystanders to talk with out of line colleagues
hmm on to the need for ‘more data and more information’ about the problem... “we need more than anecdotes” ... I know this is an economist reaction but this is Sisyphus task, also when was the last time that more info struck down economic rents??
some push back on the ‘we need more evidence’ from Yellen: #thankyouAliceWu
Janet Yellen talking about implicit bias ... looking back on her career and how her perceptions of the bias she faced have evolved. I remember the first time I heard someone ask Yellen if being a woman affected her career ... she’s clearly thought more about this issue since
and now on the Fed ... Janet Yellen talks about climate survey at the Fed while she was Chair that identified a problem of staff not feeling it is ‘safe to speak’ (sharing views without fear of retaliation) ... and efforts since, appreciate personally and good for policy work
empathy for the anonymous signers of the #AEALetter ... @Susan_Athey is sharing such a range thoughts on speaking up, costs are real
talking about different policy views and men and women economists ... Bertrand suggests could be differences in fields or women being more likely to join to ‘make the world better’ ... but how does this explain few women in macro (macro should have huge real world effects)?
and now @BetseyStevenson asks what can be done to address sexual harassment ... cites Jennifer Bennett Shinall’s devastating trip home from a past ASSA meeting, shared in CSWEP newsletter:…
private sector solutions have come up again and again today, latest example defining ‘bad behavior’ ... you’d think economists would be keen to look to the market :-)
oh my ... @BetseyStevenson did a massive ‘subtweet’ ... in asking whether econ thinking (as in posing the idea that women benefit from being able to trade sex for career advancement) ... an extreme example but I do think we’re overly respectful of the equilibrium
oops didn’t finish her question she was asking if econ thinking is a handicap in addressing harassment ... several panelists note profession is not serving us well, too much ignoring the problems in the culture
closing out with comments on mentoring ... @Susan_Athey on rise of pre-doc training holds a lot of promise on the pipeline, call out to @AEACSMGEP training program for under-represented minorities
** but ** if you think grad students can feel threatened, even more so for pre-doc from undergrad. I really worry that the pre-doc programs need to be managed well (and many econ faculty do not shine in their management skills) ...
Bertrand on mentoring, structured and intentionally offered to everyone, as a gender-neutral policy ... agree this is a key to inclusion on so many dimensions
good panel thanks to everyone participating ... was a little bummed no time allotted for audience questions ... perspectives at the table were important but not exhaustive of experiences as economists
Yellen’s comment about feminist energy dying off before ... made me wonder what mistakes we’re repeating now ... along lines of @TrevonDLogan earlier comment: ... also @Marietmora and @drlisadcook could have given lots of examples of mentoring efforts
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