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#BlackEconomistsMatter: Economic Justice Recommendations for the Biden Administration
For over 100 years, Black economists have been erased by the profession and media. Occupational segregation in economics not only results in loss of opportunities and wage gaps for qualifying women, candidates of color, and others who are discriminated against, but undermines and narrows access to innovative solutions, diverse strategies, broad-based data collection, targeted recommendations, and practical remedies for societal inequities.

In 2017, seven Black women received a Ph.D. in economics in the U.S. In 2018, the number dropped to four out of over 1,000 economic doctoral degree graduates. A 2018 AEA report found that Black, Latinx, and Native American students were less likely to complete degrees in economics compared to any other subject. In 2017, only 16% of all economics degrees were awarded to these students of color.

Given the lack of diversity among economists, most research notably excludes race, racism, and racial inequality, issues that the Biden Administration must address in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis. Three nationally-recognized economists will provide a deep dive into institutional and systemic discrimination in economics discussing why lack of diversity significantly undermines a functioning society. The focus will then turn to specific recommendations for the Biden Administration to address debilitating inequality as it relates to the catastrophe of COVID-19 and beyond.

Dr. Belinda Archibong, Assistant Professor of Economics, Barnard College, Columbia University
Dr. Dania Francis, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Darrick Hamilton, Henry Cohen Professor of Economics & Urban Policy & Director of the Institute for the Study of Race, Stratification, and Political Economy, The New School
Goldburn P. Maynard (Moderator), Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Indiana University Kelley Business Law and Ethics Department

Feb 25, 2021 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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