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Resources for AEASP faculty, fellows, and staff

Background on problems and opportunities in the economics profession

‘It Was a Mistake for Me to Choose This Field’ (Lisa Cook and Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, “The New York Times", September 30, 2019)
(Professional) Climate Change (Amanda Bayer, The Minority Report, 2020)

Key resources

  • Diversifying Economic Quality (by Amanda Bayer, American Economic Association Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession, first published in 2011 with continuous revision)

Key principles

  • Measuring College Learning in Economics (Amanda Bayer and Sam Allgood, in Improving Quality in American Higher Education: Learning Outcomes and Assessments for the 21st Century, edited by Richard Arum, Josipa Roksa, Amanda Cook. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2016)
Learning Outcomes for Economists with Sam Allgood, American Economic Review 107(5): 660-64, May 2017)
  • Diagnosing the Learning Environment for Diverse Students in Introductory Economics: An Analysis of Relevance, Belonging, and Growth Mindsets (Amanda Bayer, Syon Bhanot, Erin Bronchetti, and Stephen A. O'Connell, AEA Papers and Proceedings 110, 2020)
  • Does Simple Information Provision Lead to More Diverse Classrooms? Evidence from a Field Experiment on Undergraduate Economics (Amanda Bayer, Syon Bhanot and Fernando Lozano, AEA Papers and Proceedings 109, 2019)

Some steps towards making classes more effective and inclusive

   Introduce your students to Bloom's Taxonomy.
   Decide what you want your students to take away from your course, and use backward-design to accomplish your goals[1].
   Employ active learning techniques.
   Foster a growth mindset in your students.
   Modify and limit the effects of implicit biases.
   Understand stereotype threat and reduce it with wise feedback and values affirmation.
   Improve classroom climate, including adding wait time after asking a question.
   Offer meaningful content. 

Presentation Slides

   Diversity in the Economics Profession: Where We Stand and Where We’re Going (March 17 presentation)
   Diversifying Economic Quality: Using Evidence to Create More Inclusive Economics Departments (March 18 presentation)
   Creating a More Inclusive Classroom Environment (March 17 workshop)