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Why Do Economists Have Trouble Understanding Racialized Inequalities?

“The economics profession has long been criticized for often ignoring the structural basis of racism or, in general, any form of identity-based discrimination. Is there something about the way economics is taught that makes it difficult for economists to identify and address structural racism? A survey of around 500 economists that we ran earlier this year would suggest so.”

Corporate Activism Is More than a Marketing Gimmick

“While some see companies’ support for Black Lives Matter as a calculated marketing ploy, I argue that companies’ support for Black Lives Matter is an example of corporate activism – in other words, a sincere engagement with the policymaking process. Setting aside the question of whether corporate activism is good or bad for democracy, and whether it is sometimes clumsy or even offensive, it is a genuine attempt to influence policy outcomes.”

The Facebook Boycott and Corporate Co-Optation

“It’s interesting that large corporations see value in using their power as purchasers to force changes, something their own customers might want to note for the future. And seeing Mark Zuckerberg in the crosshairs of a capital strike has a delightful quality to it. But let’s be clear: This is a cosmetic PR move from a corporate sector looking for simple, performative solutions to deep-seated persecution. Multinationals are trying to buy off protesters with empty symbols of solidarity and diversity training seminars. People are in the streets over far more than that.”

Economists’ Silence on Racism Is 100 Years in the Making

“Three years ago, Alice Wu’s thesis about overtly sexist language found on a forum used by job market candidates, followed by sexual assault allegations against star economist Roland Fryer less than two years later, represented a tipping point in the gender dynamics within the field of economics. Many Wu’s paper as the catalyst to institutional change in the economics profession with respect to gender. As a result, the American Economic Association decided to establish a Committee on Equity, Diversity and Professional Conduct, which administered and published a profession-wide climate survey. What the survey revealed was another deep-rooted problem, one that black economists have known for nearly a century: Economics has a race problem.”


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