Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession


CSWEP is a standing committee of the American Economic Association charged with promoting the careers and monitoring the progress of women economists in academia, government agencies and elsewhere. CSWEP sponsors mentoring and networking activities, conducts an annual survey of economics departments, and develops professional development materials and career advice that are distributed widely to junior and mid-career economists. CSWEP also endeavors to raise awareness among men and women of the challenges that are unique to women’s careers in economics and of best practices for increasing diversity in the economics profession.

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Bell Award Recipient

Janet M. Currie, the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Chair of the Economics Department and Director of the Center for Health and Well-Being at Princeton University, is the recipient of the 2015 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award. Currie excels in her scholarship, in her teaching and advising, in mentoring, and in her service to the profession. She is an innovative and prolific scholar whose work spans labor, public and health economics. She has made fundamental contributions in many areas and is best known for her work on public policy issues affecting child health and wellbeing. Her work is notable for combining a focus on important, policy-relevant questions with unassailable objectivity and scrupulous attention to methodological detail. Currie’s concern for the development of the next generation of economists is expressed in her dedicated mentorship of colleagues and students, both male and female, who praise her sage, practical, no-nonsense advice and her creativity in devising solutions. She is known for her commitment to gender equity in economics and served as Co-PI on the initial NSF grant that funded the CeMENT Mentoring Workshops and led the research team that produced the only rigorous scientific evidence for the efficacy of a mentoring program. Currie will accept the award at the annual CSWEP business meeting held during the 2016 AEA/ASSA Meetings in San Francisco. Click here for the full announcement.

Bennett Prize Recipient

Emi Nakamura, Associate Professor of Business and Economics at Columbia University, is the recipient of the 2014 Elaine Bennett Research Prize. Established in 1998, the Elaine Bennett Research Prize recognizes and honors outstanding research in any field of Emi Nakamura, recipient of the Bennett Research Prizeeconomics by a woman not more than seven years beyond her Ph.D. Professor Nakamura is recognized for her significant contributions to macroeconomics and related fields. Her research, which combines a powerful command of theory with detailed analyses of micro-level data has made important contributions to the study of price rigidity, measures of disaster risks and of long-run risks, exchange rate pass-through, fiscal multipliers, and monetary non-neutrality. Click here for the full announcement. Click here to view Nakamura’s acceptance talk, Positive Macroeconomics, delivered at the CSWEP Business Meeting, held during the 2015 AEA Meeting in Boston.

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