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Diversity and Inclusion at the 2017 ASSA meetings in Chicago:

See lists of NEA, ASHE, and CSWEP events.

Best Practices in Recruiting and Mentoring Diverse Economists: A Joint CSMGEP-CSWEP Special Event (Friday, January 6, 12:30-2:00PM, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Regency B)

Join us for a panel discussion of best practices in recruiting and mentoring. Panelists will offer insights and strategies to department chairs and other economists who are recruiting, evaluating, training, and serving as colleagues to women and members of underrepresented groups. This event is hosted by the Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession (CSMGEP) and the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP).
  • David Wilcox, Director of the Division of Research and Statistics, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • David Laibson, Chair of the Economics Department, Harvard University
  • Marie Mora, Professor of Economics, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and Director of Mentoring, CSMGEP
  • Terra McKinnish, Professor of Economics, University of Colorado, and Director of Mentoring, CSWEP
  • Rhonda Sharpe, President, Women’s Institute for Science, Equity and Race
  • Moderator: Amanda Bayer, Professor of Economics, Swarthmore College, and Senior Adviser, Federal Reserve Board

The AEA is hosting a breakfast and discussion for LGBT economists and allies facilitated by Lee Badgett (U-Mass Amherst) and Christopher S. Carpenter (Vanderbilt) at the ASSA meetings on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 7-8 am in the Comiskey Room, West Tower, Bronze Level, of the Hyatt Regency. Topics will include: 1) best practices for employers in recruiting LGBT economists; 2) navigating the job market as an LGBT economist; and 3) creating a newsletter for LGBT economists. All AEA meeting registrants are invited, including PhD students and economists working in any type of setting (academic, government, think tank, private sector, etc.). Economists interested in these issues who are unable to attend the breakfast can contact Badgett (lbadgett@econs.umass.edu) or Carpenter (christopher.s.carpenter@vanderbilt.edu) directly for more information.

Past Events

Diversity and Inclusion at the 2016 ASSA meetings in San Francisco:

New Approaches to Improving Diversity in Economics (January 4, 10:15am, Hilton Union Square, Plaza A). Presiding: Cecilia Elena Rouse (Princeton University)

  • Diversifying Economics: Challenges and Opportunities, Amanda Bayer (Swarthmore College)
  • Change Starts with UWE (Undergraduate Women in Economics), Claudia Goldin (Harvard University)
  • The Role of Effective Mentoring in Enhancing a More Inclusive Economics Profession, Darrick Hamilton (New School)
  • Mentoring and Networking among Minority PhD Students to Broaden Participation in the Profession, Marie T. Mora (University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley)


  • David Laibson (Harvard University)
  • Mahmoud El-Gamal (Rice University)
  • Bridget Terry Long (Harvard University)

Conference on Diversity in the Economics Profession (Saturday, January 2, 3:00-5:00pm, Hilton Union Square-Yosemite A). The Board and the AEA's Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession (CSMGEP) are hosting this event to recap and build upon the National Summit on Diversity in the Economics Profession held at the Board a year ago. Panelists are:

  • Dan Covitz (Federal Reserve Board)
  • Lisa Cook (Michigan State University)
  • Fernando Lozano (Pomona and CSMGEP)
  • Rhonda Sharpe (Bucknell University and DITE)
  • William Spriggs (Howard University)
  • Amanda Bayer (Swarthmore College and Federal Reserve Board)

CSWEP is sponsoring multiple events, including mentoring breakfasts and a special panel: Who's Doing the Talking: Women Economists and the Media (January 4, 2:30-4:00pm in Franciscan A&B). In an open letter earlier this fall, Ralph Nader called on Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the Fed, to “sit down with [her] Nobel Prize winning husband,” to learn about the intricacies of monetary policy. This is only one of several sagas that have played out this fall for famous female economists. In recent coverage of their fascinating work on rising mortality among middle-aged white men, Princeton Economics Professor and Econometric Society Fellow Anne Case was repeatedly reduced to junior co-author – and sometimes simply “wife” – of Angus Deaton. Likewise, in the original version of Adam Davidson’s September New York Times Magazine piece on rising college costs, Claudia Goldin, Professor of Economics at Harvard University and recent President of the American Economic Association, was mentioned almost parenthetically in relation to pioneering work with her partner Lawrence Katz. Panelists are:

  • Claudia Goldin (Harvard)
  • Susan Dynarski (University of Michigan)
  • Justin Wolfers (University of Michigan)
  • Catherine Rampell (Washington Post)
  • Dan Diamond (contributor to Forbes,...)
  • Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach (moderator, Northwestern and Brookings)

Economists' LGBT Breakfast and Discussion-Open to All (January 4, 7:00am, Hilton Union Square — Golden Gate 1 & 2). The AEA is hosting a breakfast and discussion facilitated by Lee Badgett (U-Mass Amherst) and Christopher S. Carpenter (Vanderbilt) at the ASSA meetings. Topics will include: 1) the climate for LGBT economists in the profession; 2) the environment for economists doing LGBT-related research; and 3) ways AEA might support LGBT economists (e.g., mentoring, advocating for data, etc.). All AEA meeting registrants are invited, including PhD students and economists working in any setting (academic, government, think tank, private sector, etc.).

CSMGEP is sponsoring two additional events beyond our joint conference: a Cocktail Reception Co-Hosted with the National Economic Association and the American Society of Hispanic Economists (January 3, 6:00pm, Hilton Union Square-Golden Gate 3&4), and the AEA/CSMGEP Dissertation Session (January 3, 10:15am, Hilton Union Square, Franciscan C). Presenters in the latter event are: Presiding: Rucker C. Johnson (University of California-Berkeley)

  • The Effects of Outside Options on Neighborhood Tipping Points, Peter Quatermaine Blair (University of Pennsylvania)
  • The War on Drugs: Estimating the Effect of Prescription Drug Supply-Side Interventions, Angelica Meinhofer (Brown University)
  • The Impact of Trade on Managerial Incentives & Productivity, Cristina Tello-Trillo (Yale University)
  • Which New Yorkers Vote With Their Wallets? New York City Teacher Quality, Housing Prices, & Residential & School Demographics, Elizabeth Rivera Rodas (Rutgers University)

The 2016 Rhonda Williams Prize Call for Applications (Sponsored by Routledge/Taylor and Francis, publisher of Feminist Economics) In memory of Rhonda Williams, associate editor of Feminist Economics from 1994 to 1998, the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) has established a prize to help scholars from underrepresented groups in IAFFE, whose work reflects Rhonda Williams' legacy of scholarship and activism, attend the annual IAFFE conference and present a paper.

  • Amount: $1,000 to be awarded at the 25th IAFFE Annual Conference in Galway, Ireland, June 24-26, 2016. (Conference information is at http://www.iaffe.org/2016-annual-conference/) The funds are intended to partially defray travel costs to attend the annual conference. The award winner will also receive a registration fee waiver for the 25th IAFFE Annual Conference.
  • Application Deadline: April 4, 2016.
  • Criteria: The recipient's work in activism, advocacy, or scholarship should demonstrate a commitment to one or more of the following issues:
    • Inequalities based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or nationality.
    • Interrelationships among racism, sexism, homophobia, and classism.
    • Connections between scholarship and activism.
Special consideration will be given to applicants from groups not well represented in IAFFE and those with limited access to travel funds from their home institutions or international funders. This prize is targeted to junior scholars and activists. The recipient of the prize must present a paper at the IAFFE conference (you must separately submit the paper for inclusion in the Conference program at the Conference website) and submit the manuscript to Feminist Economics within a reasonable period after the conference. The paper will undergo an expedited review process, but publication is not guaranteed. In cases where some but not all the criteria for the prize have been met, a travel grant may be awarded instead of the Rhonda Williams Prize.
  • Application Process: Applications should be sent to Marlene Kim, Chair, Rhonda Williams Prize Committee, at Marlene.Kim@umb.edu and should include:
  1. A cover letter/email that includes a statement of (a) the connection between the applicant's experience and the Rhonda Williams legacy as described in the criteria above; and (b) how the applicant would bring diversity to IAFFE and how the applicant would like to be engaged with IAFFE in the future.
  2. A curriculum vitae or resume, labeled "resumeRWS<applicantlastname>"
  3. A draft of a full paper (not an abstract or outline) for the 2016 IAFFE conference, scheduled for June 24-26, 2016 in Galway, Ireland (label file "paperRWS2016<applicantlastname>)."
Please send all files in Microsoft Word or in PDF Acrobat format. Please be sure that all materials are sent. Applicants who omit any of the three items listed above may not be considered for the prize. Applicants who have not yet registered for the annual conference because you need funding, you still must submit your paper, via the conference website, for consideration for the program. The prize winner will be allowed to register for the annual conference and will be included in the conference program after being notified of the prize. If you are not an IAFFE member for 2016, please send in your membership application prior to submission of your prize application. Join or renew at http://www.iaffe.org/join-or-renew/ Please direct any questions to Marlene Kim, Chair, Rhonda William Prize Committee, Marlene.Kim@umb.edu, or (617) 287-6954.

Div.E.Q. Live at the 2014 ASSA Meetings, Philadelphia, Jan 02, 2014, 3:00 pm, Marriott Meeting Room 307: Panel on Diversifying Economic Quality: Innovative Teaching Techniques and Diverse Undergraduate Populations (Open to all ASSA Participants)

  • Line up: More information
    • Amanda Bayer (Swarthmore College): Diversifying Economic Quality: Why a Wiki for Instructors and Departments
    • Jon Isham (Middlebury College): Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Education
    • Trevon Logan (The Ohio State University): Teaching and Expectations with Diverse Groups of Students
    • Samuel M Myers, Jr. (University of Minnesota): Teaching Policy Issues to Increase Diversity
    • Melanie Khamis (Wesleyan University): Using Research to Enhance Undergraduate Economics
    • Mary Lopez (Occidental College): Using Service Learning to Enhance Undergraduate Economics

CSMGEP Events at the 2014 ASSA Meetings

  • Jan 02, 3:00 pm, Marriott Meeting Rm 307: Panel on Diversifying Economic Quality: Innovative Teaching Techniques and Diverse Undergraduate Populations
  • Jan 03, 10:15 am, Philadelphia Marriott, Grand Ballroom - Salon I, CSMGEP Dissertation Session, Presiding: Marie Mora (University of Texas-Pan American)
  • Jan 04, 10:15 am, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 112-B, Policy Interventions and Educational Outcomes, Presiding: Rodney Andrews (University of Texas-Dallas)

Div.E.Q. Live at the Ninth Annual Economics Teaching Conference, Austin, TX, October 25, 2013: "Diversifying Economic Quality: A Wiki for Innovative and Inclusive Teaching Techniques"

  • Diversifying Economic Quality (Div.E.Q.) is a new online resource where economists can find and share information on effective teaching practices in economics, focusing particularly on practices that encourage women, students of color, and members of other underrepresented groups to continue study in our discipline. The American Economic Association's Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession supports this project as part of its commitment to advancing diversity in the profession. This session introduces attendees to the structure and content of Div.E.Q., demonstrates some of the teaching strategies it offers, and gives you the chance to contribute to this dynamic resource. Visit Div.E.Q. at http://www.DiversifyingEcon.org. Follow @Div_E_Q on Twitter.

Guess Who's Coming to Campus: What Demographic Changes Mean for Colleges and Reporters EWA

  • Over the next two years, the nation’s pool of high school graduates is projected to shrink to the lowest level in nearly a decade. And this time, more of those students will come from groups that higher education has traditionally struggled to serve, including students from low-income families, first-generation college-goers, and black and Latino students. What approaches are helpful to propel students from such groups to college degrees? How can men catch up to women when it comes to postsecondary success? How can colleges better serve nontraditional students such as adult learners and veterans? What does demographic change mean for the future of higher education?

The Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality with support from the Economics Department at Duke University and pending support from the National Science Foundation invites applications for the Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics (DITE), a mentoring program to facilitate the transition for junior faculty members holding doctorates in economics from assistant professor to tenured associate. DITE will involve pairing junior scholars with distinguished senior mentors working in related fields to receive guidance and potentially to develop collaborative research projects. DITE will provide resources for fellows and their mentors to meet at Duke University May 30-June 1, 2013, to visit their mentor at the mentor's campus, and to convene for a mini conference at Duke's economics department during the 2013-2014 academic year.

To apply please submit a CV, describe your trajectory in terms of research and progress toward tenure, provide a projection of your future research goals and aims with an indication of the type of support you expect you'll need, and provide an indication of your personal contribution toward enhancing diversity in the academy. Applicants must be permanent residents and have completed their doctorate before the application deadline.

If you have any further questions about DITE please contact either Sandy Darity (william.darity@duke.edu) or Rhonda Sharpe (sharperv@duke.edu ). If you are interested, please submit your materials by April 19, 2013.

Third Annual AEA Conference on Teaching and Research in Economic Education
May 29 to May 31, 2013

CSMGEP Sessions at the 2013 ASSA Meetings

  • Professional Development Panel, Jan 03, 2013 1:00 pm, Manchester Grand Hyatt, Edward B
  • CSMGEP Dissertation Session, Jan 04, 2013 10:15 am, Manchester Grand Hyatt, Ford A
  • Economic Analysis of Environmental Policy, Jan 05, 2013 10:15 am, Manchester Grand Hyatt, Randle D

AEA Continuing Education Program, Advanced Interactive Teaching Methods in Economics
January 8-9, 2012

Second Annual AEA Conference on Teaching Economics and Research in Economic Education
May 30 – June 1, 2012

Cutting Edge Teaching Techniques and Strategies for Pluralistic Economists, Dr. Geoffrey Schneider
January 5, 2012