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, named for the work of Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, is a forum for these ideas. Founder and editor: Andrea Gurwitt. Email: [email protected].
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Stefania Albanesi is a macroeconomist whose research interests include the determinants and implications of various dimensions of inequality and the distributional implications of government policies. She has studied the political economy of inflation, the optimal taxation of capital and labor income, and the evolution of gender disparities in labor market outcomes. Her current research concerns the distribution of debt and defaults in the lead up and during the 2007-09 financial crisis and the determinants and consequences of personal bankruptcy. She is also working on the impact of changing trends in female participation on aggregate business cycles and on using machine learning to develop accurate and interpretable models of consumer default.
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