If you think the #MeToo movement lives only in Hollywood, think again. There’s a growing recognition in economics that women contend with unique barriers, from online abuse to sexist language to a lack of diversity in textbooks. “The culture is a troubling culture,” LSA economist Justin Wolfers told Bloomberg Markets.
A professor in LSA’s Department of Economics, Wolfers chaired a special session on gender issues at the American Economic Association’s annual meeting in January. His colleague Betsey Stevenson, an associate professor of economics in LSA and a member of the AEA’s executive committee, added, “There’s a certain masculinity that’s been constructed around economics.”