Ways to create a healthy environment for economists

The economics profession has struggled with diversity and inclusion from the beginning. Our failings hurt the science, hurt economists, and hurt people in the world. We must do better. It's time.

Cross posted from my macromom blog. Please read it’s important.

Economics must help all economists to thrive. We have work to do. I know from countless hours of mentoring. Many of their experiences break my heart and make me angry. I love economics and it hurt to call it out as a disgrace. But that hurt is nothing compared to the hurt that comes to me. The hurt inflicted on me after my post is nothing compared to the hurt that comes to me.

Problems require solutions. Big problems require big solutions. I have demanded for years that leadership in the American Economics Association lead. Ask Ben Bernanke, Janet Yellen, Peter Rosseau, David Card, and anyone on the Executive Committee about my push in private and public. I am not alone. The list is long of other economists dedicating their time and putting their reputations on the line for others suffering. It’s time for all of us to lead.

It’s your turn. Do something. Anything. Make the economics profession a better place. It’s good for the science. It’s good for people. It’s good for you. Push yourself to act. Push your institution to act. No more excuses.

I have many ideas on how to make economics better. Here is a talk I give on how to create a healthy, inclusive work environment. Send me questions or comments; add more resources or ideas in the comments; and use any material here. I am happy to speak with your group whether it’s an academic department, a government agency, think tank, research institute, or any other work place. We must stop hurting people. We must start supporting everyone.

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