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A Plea to My Male (and Female) Colleagues in Economics

In a recent blog post, Jeffrey R. Brown, a Professor of Business and Dean at the College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, published a “public plea” to his “male senior colleagues in economics.” In the post, he references the research of an undergraduate student who looked at the words used to describe male and female economists on a popular gossip site for economists—one that Berkeley economist David Romer referred to as a “cesspool.” (Brown agrees with that descriptor, as do I.)
To make a long story short, the analysis found that people on the website (from anecdotal data, this

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