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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. It’s imperative that women take their rightful place in these conversations. Their experiences and views can offer different approaches and new solutions.

The Commons is named for the economics work of Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, and is a forum for these ideas.

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Yana van der Meulen Rodgers

Yana Rodgers is a professor in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations and in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She also serves as Faculty Director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers. Rodgers specializes in using quantitative methods and large data sets to conduct research on women's health, labor market status and well-being. She has worked regularly as a consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations and the Asian Development Bank, and she was President of the International Association for Feminist Economics. She currently serves as an Associate Editor with the journals World Development and Feminist Economics. Rodgers earned her PhD in economics from Harvard University and her BA in economics from Cornell University.

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