Racism and the Economy: Focus on the Economics Profession
The fifth installment of our virtual event series focused on how racism affects the people and practice of economics. Panelists discussed the factors that contribute to the underrepresentation of people of color in economics as well as strategies to increase inclusion at every level, from recruitment and hiring to mentoring and publishing. The discussion then examined what questions economists have ignored and how their assumptions around race and racism can be incomplete and problematic. These insights informed a conversation about improving economics research practices and professional processes to achieve greater diversity, expand avenues of inquiry, and better inform policy.