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Fostering Inclusion in Economics: Alicia Sasser Modestino on Gender and the Dynamics of Economics Seminars

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01/14/20 - BOSTON, MA. -Alicia Sasser Modestino poses for a portrait on Jan. 14, 2020. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University
Portrait of Alicia Sasser Modestino.

WGSS Executive Committee member Alicia Sasser Modestino (Economics, Public Policy & Urban Affairs), has recently been interviewed for her co-authored study on gender inclusivity in economics seminars. This study, which is the first systematic analysis of gender dynamics in economics seminars, reveals that presenters there are asked more questions, especially questions that are patronizing or even hostile. In the interview, Modestino discusses how this research was compiled, the potential reasons for hostility towards women presenters at these seminars, ways to combat this discriminatory treatment, and how organizations focusing on inequality can advance inclusion in the field of economics as a whole.

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