Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 12 No. 4 (Fall 1998)


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The Reasons for CSWEP

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Bell, Carolyn Shaw. 1998. "The Reasons for CSWEP." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 12(4): 191-195.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.12.4.191


Both overt and covert instances of less than equal treatment for women and men were taken for granted until the so-called 'women's movement' of the l960s, of which CSWEP was a part. 'Economics is a man's field' summarizes the environment in the profession; this and other circumstances have been quickly forgotten. Focusing on ways to increase the supply of women in the profession, CSWEP created a roster of existing well-qualified economists and enabled their work to show up on programs and in journals. CSWEP economists demonstrated the power of changes at the margin; the experience could be useful today to replace the disputatious terms of quota or reverse discrimination. It should also stimulate further small changes that could yield much greater returns.

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Bell, Carolyn Shaw (Wellesley College)

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A14: Sociology of Economics
J16: Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination


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