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Women Economists on the Post-Pandemic Recovery

The Commons publishes opinions by women economists. Economics has a crucial role to play in building the post-pandemic world and setting policies that affect global welfare. Yet the field remains predominantly male. Men hold 85 percent of full economics professorships at U.S. universities and so far have published about the same proportion of working papers on Covid-19, according to preliminary research. Women need to take their rightful place in these conversations. Their experiences and views can offer different approaches and solutions.

The Commons is named for the work of Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, and is a forum for these ideas. Founder and editor: Andrea Gurwitt. Email: [email protected].

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Theresa Osborne is Senior Labor Economist at the World Bank. Until 2019 she served as Deputy Chief Economist and Managing Director for Economic Analysis at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (mcc.gov), where she led teams in the use of economic analysis for policy and program design. She has also been Lead Economist at the MCC, Research Fellow at the European University Institute, and Assistant Professor Economics at Hunter College. She has published in journals such as the Review of Economic Studies and the Journal of Development Economics and authored working papers and diagnostic reports on issues ranging from competition in infrastructure services to the dynamics of poverty in Sub Saharan Africa. Osborne holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University and degrees from the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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