CSWEP: Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession

CSWEP (the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession) is a standing committee of the American Economic Association charged with serving professional women economists in academia, government agencies and elsewhere by promoting their careers and monitoring their progress. CSWEP activities endeavor to raise the awareness among men and women of the challenges that are unique to women’s careers and can be addressed with a wide variety of actions, from inclusive searches to formal and informal mentoring activities. CSWEP freely disseminates information on how the profession works as well as advice to junior economists. We intend this information to be of value to all economists, male or female, minority or not.


The Winter CSWEP Newsletter is now available for download.

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"I read the CSWEP news from cover to cover.  It is the only journal/newsletter that I read in its entirety," -- Claudia Goldin, AEA President.

"The Winter 2013 Newsletter, particularly the Navigating the Tenure Process articles, is great and will be assigned reading for our junior faculty." -- John Solow, Professor and DEO, Department of Economics, University of Iowa.


A huge thanks to all who participated in CSWEP’s at the 2014 AEA Meeting: the Mentors who gave their time and expertise at our Mentoring Breakfasts for junior economists; the Discussants, Chairs and 24 presenters who produced six excellent paper sessions (three on gender; and three on econometrics); and all those who made the presentations of the Bell Award and Bennett Prize at the CSWEP Business Meeting a joyous occasion.

Click here for event photos of many Friends of CSWEP.


Anna Mikusheva, winner of the 2012 Elaine Bennett Research PrizeAnna Mikusheva, the Castle-Krob Associate Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the recipient of the 2012 Elaine Bennett Research Prize. The Elaine Bennett Research Prize was established in 1998 to recognize and honor outstanding research in any field of economics by a woman at the beginning of her career. Professor Mikusheva is recognized for her important contributions to econometric theory. Her research, which combines a powerful command of econometric theory with a keen interest in developing tools that will be useful for tackling problems in applied econometric practice, has advanced econometric inference in time series and dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models. See http://www.aeaweb.org/committees/cswep/awards/ for the full announcement.

Rachel McCulloch, recipient of the 2013 Carolyn Shaw Bell AwardRachel McCulloch, the Rosen Family Professor Emerita of International Finance in the Department of Economics and International Business School at Brandeis University, is the recipient of the 2013 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award. Over a 40-year career, Professor McCulloch distinguished herself as a leader in international trade and economic policy. Using a deep understanding of theory, coupled with a rare understanding of both the relevant economic history and complex institutional and legal arrangements, she weighed in on virtually all of the major trade debates of her time. Over these same four decades she folded mentoring into all aspects of her of scholarship, teaching, and service to the economics profession; and served as an inspiring role model for many women. Through her mentoring of generations of students, from undergraduates to doctoral candidates, Professor McCulloch has motivated countless individuals, both male and female, to pursue distinguished careers in the discipline. Click here for the full announcement.


The Fall 2013 CSWEP Annual Departmental Questionnaire is now available through an online survey tool.

  • Click Here to take the CSWEP Questionnaire for Economics Departments with Ph.D. Programs.  For a version in writable pdf format, click here.
  • Click Here to take the CSWEP Questionnaire for All Economics Departments without Ph.D. Programs (including Liberal Arts Departments).  For a version in writable pdf format, click here.

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Photo and quote of/from Carolyn Shaw Bell

Amy Finkelstein, JBC RecipientCecilia Conrad, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Pomona College, has been selected to serve as the next Director of the MacArthur Fellows Program. http://www.macfound.org/press/press-releases/cecilia-conrad-direct-macarthur-fellows-program/

Amy Finkelstein (past Elaine Bennett Research Prize recipient) of MIT won the 2012 John Bates Clark Medal awarded by the American Economic Association to the top economist under age 40.

Katharine AbrahamKatharine Abraham (former CSWEP Board Member) is now a member of the Council of Economic Advisers and is responsible for offering the President objective advice on the formulation of economic policy.
From: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/cea/about/members

Oriana BandieraProf. Oriana Bandiera, Ph.D. '2000, (CSWEP Associate) has been awarded the 2011 Carlo Alberto Medal by Collegio Carlo Alberto in Torino, Italy. The medal is awarded to an Italian scholar under the age of 40 who has made outstanding contributions to economics. The medal has been awarded annually since 2007; Bandiera is the first female recipient.
--from Boston College website 7/2011

Susan AtheySusan Athey (past Elaine Bennett Research Prize recipient) has been appointed a member of the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science.

Esther DufloEsther Duflo (past Elaine Bennett Research Prize recipient), has been selected as the winner of the Association for Public Policy Analysis Management's (APPAM) 2011 David N. Kershaw Award. The Kershaw Award and Prize recognizes individuals under the age of 40 who have made distinguished contributions to the field of Public Policy Analysis. Esther also was selected as one of the 2011 TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.

Fiona Scott MortonFiona Scott Morton (former CSWEP Board member) has been named Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. She will be in the Anti-Trust Division.

Shawna GrosskopfRolf Färe and Shawna Grosskopf (CSWEP Associate) are among the ISI Web of Knowledge 250 most highly cited scholars in Economics and Business. ISIHighlyCited.com highlights the top 250 preeminent individual researchers in each of 21 subject categories who have demonstrated great influence in their field as measured by citations to their work--the intellectual debt acknowledged by their colleagues.

Deborah LevisonWho says economists can't work with others? Co-authored with two anthropologists and an educationalist, Deborah Levison recently published, "Rights and Wrongs of Working Children," by Michael Bourdillon, Deborah Levison, William Myers, and Ben White, New Brunswick, NJ:  Rutgers University Press. (Part of the Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies).


CSWEP is present at the annual meetings of the AEA and the regional economics associations. Its associates arrange sessions for these meetings and work to ensure that women economists are adequately represented on the program. The Committee also hosts social events at these meetings where women economists can meet and exchange information.

CSWEP represents women's points of view in the committee work of the American Economic Association, monitors the progress of women within the profession, and makes an annual report to the AEA on the status of women in economics.


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