Gender Inequality

Strength in Numbers: Using Data to Track Diversity and Inclusion

Recent protests against racism and police brutality, along with the #MeToo movement, have increased pressure on businesses to measure and improve their...

Do Top Economics Journals Hold Female-Authored Papers to Higher Standards?

Articles written by male economists are cited less than articles published by women in the same journals, a new study on gender and quality...

Economics’ Lack of Interest in Gender Proves: the “Dismal Science” Really Is Dismal

Economists are still in the dark about the role of gender. For economics to be credible, we have to recognize that our knowledge is...

The Employment Effects of a Gender-Specific Minimum Wage

The first minimum-wage laws in the history of the United States were predominantly gender-specific in that they were imposing a lower bound only on...

How the Market Can Help Break the Glass Ceiling for Women in Management

A new CEPR working paper investigates how product market competition and gender-specific management career hurdles affect the gender wage gap for managers. The findings...

When It Comes to Gender Imbalances, Academia’s Ignorance Is Self-Serving

The Ravina vs. Columbia case illustrates that challenging the status quo can be immensely costly. We economists should collectively think about how we can...

Why Every Good Economist Should Be Feminist

As every good economist knows, markets work best when they are competitive. Therefore, every good economist should also be a feminist, defending a level...

How India’s Bridal Dowry Tradition Leads to Missing Women

In a famous essay published in 1990 the economist Amartya Sen explored the drivers of the global sex ratio imbalance, what he called the...

Editors’ Briefing: On Our Radar This Week (Dec. 22– Jan. 5)

This week in political economy.    In Project Syndicate, Joseph Stiglitz writes about the GOP’s recently-passed tax package, which he dubs “The US Donor Relief...

America's "Lost Einsteins" Are Dealing a Blow to Innovation

A new paper finds that America is full of "lost Einsteins" among women, minorities, and low-income groups: high performers who never become inventors because...

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How Pfizer’s Vaccine Announcement Demonstrates the Political Power of Firms

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The Useful Distraction of Section 230

How the red-herring of a politicized Section 230 and “conservative censorship” distracts from a bipartisan national privacy act.

Institution Man: How Corporations Came to Dominate the US Economy

In the first chapter of his book Transaction Man, Nicholas Lemann explores how Adolf Berle, author of The Modern Corporation and Private...