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In the past year, the AEA surveyed current and past members, asking them about their experiences in the profession and their views on the professional climate. When releasing the main findings, AEA president Ben Bernanke, along with immediate past president Olivier Blanchard and president-elect Janet Yellen, stated, "many members of the profession have suffered harassment and discrimination during their careers, including both overt acts of abuse and more subtle forms of marginalization. This is unacceptable. Excluding or marginalizing people based on their gender, race, or other personal characteristics is not only deeply unfair to those who are excluded, it damages the field as a whole by limiting the diversity of perspectives and dissuading talented people from becoming economists." (AEA 2019a)