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The mainstream’s big prize spurs a bit more discussion

Putting the selection of Richard Thaler in context is a story from the BBC, which takes the occasion to revisit the issue of the lack of women winners and the underrepresentation of women in the profession generally. The BBC adds to an ongoing discussion related to gender in economics, taking in the whole scene and pointing out that only one winner of the prize has been a women. The story mentions critical commentary on economics spurred by a recent study of gender attitudes in the “Job Market Rumors” site, a resource used by participants in the market for new Ph.D.s in the field. See this earlier post for this blog’s take.

Closer to home for those interested in this blog’s subjects of macro, the role of money, the business cycle, growth, and the like, Joan Robinson was a female giant notoriously avoided by those awarding the prize–and an incredibly brilliant and insightful Post-Keynesian. She had strayed into very thoroughgoing critiques and not shunken from them, including fusillades against equilibrium models that butchered processes in real time!

To note a personal connection, the International Association for Feminist Economics holds its annual conference near where I live and work, in the mid-Hudson river valley in the U.S. state of New York, next year.

The organization works within the field to improve things and is calling for a new and better “rumors” site of  sorts.

This blog’s posts on gender can be found on this category page.

Finally, I mention my ongoing work with coauthor Tai Young-Taft on an macro model with more than one gender on this site’s fiscal policy model page.


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