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Fostering inclusion in economics: Alicia Sasser Modestino on gender and the dynamics of economics seminars

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J-PAL, August 2023

Economics, as a tool to improve policy and serve communities, is at its most powerful when it includes everyone. Therefore, our work at J-PAL is better when it represents as many perspectives as possible, and we all miss out on key insights when it doesn’t. In this series, we speak to J-PAL-affiliated researchers who are working to cultivate an environment where economists of all backgrounds are able to contribute to the quality and credibility of the field, and also feel safe, and valued. Part one features Marianne Bertrand on inclusivity at the American Economics Association.

In part two, we sat down with Alicia Sasser Modestino (Northeastern University) to talk about gender dynamics in economics seminars. In 2021, Dr. Sasser Modestino and co-authors released the results of a study that quantitatively measures the gender dynamics of seminar culture within economics. 

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