Research Highlights

Female economists are invited to write short non-technical summaries of some of their recent work. These are published below.


1st February 2021

Are Referees and Editors in Economics Gender Neutral?

Co-authors: Patricia Funk and Nagore Iriberri

Women are under-represented in Economics, and more so the higher the rank. While numerous explanations have been offered for this gap, an abiding concern is that stereotype biases or other forms of discrimination lead decision makers to undervalue the contributions of women. Producing high quality research and publishing in high impact journals is the most important task for an academic to be promoted, summarized as the publish or perish paradigm. We address the question: Are referees and editors in economics gender neutral? 

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1st February 2021

Does Gender Matter to Be Accepted into Economics Conferences?

Co-author: Laura Hospido

In a recent paper, Gender Gaps in the Evaluation of Research: Evidence from Submissions to Economics Conferences, we study gender differences in the evaluation of submissions to economics conferences. The economics profession includes disproportionately few women, relative both to the overall population and to other disciplines (Bayer and Rouse 2016). Although economics became less male-dominated over time, the share of women in the profession is currently lower than in STEM fields, and it has remained flat since the mid-2000s (Lundberg and Stearns 2019). Motivated by this fact, we study gender differences in the evaluation of submissions to economics conferences.

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1st November 2020

Universal Basic Income: A Dynamic Assessment

Co-Author: Raquel Fernández

Universal basic income (UBI) — a set income that is given to all without any conditions — is making an important comeback in policy discussions in many countries. This is most likely the result of anxieties about automation and robotization, the depth of the last recession both in the US and in Europe, the stagnation of median wages over several decades in an era of rising inequality and, more recently, the large-scale increase in unemployment in response to the current epidemic. 

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1st November 2020

The Formation and Malleability of Dietary Habits: A Field Experiment with Low Income Families

Author: Michele Belot

In a recent working paper, The Formation and Malleability of Dietary Habits: A Field Experiment with Low Income Families, we evaluate two interventions aimed at encouraging healthier eating among young children from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

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