Gender representation in economics across topics and time: evidence from the NBER
We document the representation of female economists on the conference programs at the NBER Summer Institute from 2001 to 2016. Over the 2013-16 period, women made up 20.6 percent of all authors on scheduled papers. However, there was large dispersion across programs, with the share of female authors ranging from 7.3 percent to 47.7 percent. While the average share of women rose slightly?from 18.5 percent in 2001-04?a persistent gap between the finance, macroeconomics, and microeconomics subfields remains, with women representing 14.4 percent of authors in finance, 16.3 percent of authors in ...
The Experience of the RePEc Plagiarism Committee in Economics
RePEc is an open bibliography project driven entirely by volunteers and without a budget. It was created to enhance the dissemination of research in economics by making it more accessible to authors, publishers, and readers: 1800 publishers participate in this initiative, and 44000 authors are registered. Some of those authors became frustrated when their work was plagiarized and no action was taken. Many have asked whether RePEc could take action. The RePEc Plagiarism Committee was created to respond to this request. Because RePEc has no enforcement power, it can only ?name and shame? ...
State and local policy, factor markets and regional growth
A large and growing literature to explain how state and local policies affect factor markets, firm location and economic growth has developed in three distinct threads. These threads have variously emphasized how policy and natural amenities affect regional economic growth or firm location; how variations in policy and natural amenities can lead to persistent wage differentials across regions; and how regional variation in factor inputs, including public capital, affects output. In this article, we expand the modeling framework of Roback and Gyourko and Tracy to integrate these threads into a ...
An Economic Outlook
Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker gave an economic outlook and focused on skills and the workforce to the Jewish Business Network in Philadelphia. Harker said that employers struggle to fill high-skilled jobs, which are less likely to be automated. ?The reality of the tight labor market means that employers have to start thinking creatively and long term about how they?re going to address the gap between the skills they want and need and those available in the labor pool,? he said.
How Does Finance Fuel Growth?
Research Spotlight of Michal Jerzmanowski. "Finance and Sources of Growth: Evidence from the U.S. States." Journal of Economic Growth, March 2017, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 97-122.
Too Small to Succeed?
The hard facts of education economics are putting some small colleges at risk
The Economist's Apprentice
The Profession article: The Economist's Apprentice
Observing the Great Observers
Book Review of Evolution of Economic Ideas: Adam Smith to Amartya Sen and Beyond by Vinay Bharat-Ram, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017, 198 pages.
A Way to Influence Public Policy
Marie Mora and Lea-Rachel Kosnik agree that having diverse perspectives at the policymaking table is essential, which is one of the reasons they both chose to study economics.
From Academia to the Federal Reserve
For Paula Tkac, associate director of research at the Atlanta Fed, breaking the rules is about looking outside the box and seeing how things can be done differently.