Gender neutrality in economics: The role of editors and referees

Posted in Research on January 8th, 2020 by steve

International“Women economists are under-represented across the discipline, from university departments to academic conferences and publishing houses. This column focuses on the editorial process and asks whether the referees and editors of four leading economics journals made gender-neutral publishing decisions between 2003 and 2013 …” (more)

[David Card, Stefano DellaVigna, Patricia Funk and Nagore Iriberri, Vox, 8 January]

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Almost Half of Female US Economists Report Sex Discrimination

Posted in Research on March 19th, 2019 by steve

“Almost half of female economists have experienced gender discrimination, according to an American Economic Association survey that also included hundreds of reports of assault and harassment. 48% of women reported unfair discrimination based on sex and 22% experienced bias for their marital status or caregiving responsibilities …” (more)

[Jeff Kearns, Bloomberg, 18 March]

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Can Economics Fix Its Gender-Imbalance Problem? It’ll Take More Than Research, Women Say

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

“Erin K Fletcher, an economist with the global, nonprofit health-and-education organization Results for Development, feels so strongly about her field’s problem with sexism that she left academe. Fletcher was one of many women who spoke out last week at the American Economic Association’s annual meeting, in Atlanta …” (more)

[Lily Jackson, Chronicle of Higher Education, 11 January]

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Female Economists Push Their Field Toward a #MeToo Reckoning

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2019 by steve

“The economics profession is facing a mounting crisis of sexual harassment, discrimination and bullying that women in the field say has pushed many of them to the sidelines – or out of the field entirely. Those issues took center stage at the American Economic Association’s annual meeting …” (more)

[Ben Casselman and Jim Tankersley, New York Times, 10 January]

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Influential Irish economist and TCD academic Louden Ryan dies

Posted in Life on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Louden Ryan, one of the State’s most influential economists and one of Trinity College Dublin’s most charismatic professors, has died, at the age of 95. Ryan played a seminal role in forming Irish economic policy in the 1960s, advising civil servant TK Whitaker and then taoiseach Seán Lemass on a series of economic plans that would reverse decades of protectionism and self-defeating economic policies …” (more)

[Eoin Burke-Kennedy, Irish Times, 21 November]

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Economist who became significant political player

Posted in Life on July 28th, 2018 by steve

“Prof Martin O’Donoghue, one of Ireland’s most significant but controversial politicians of recent times, has died in his native Dublin, aged 85. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin described him as ‘a true gentleman and committed public representative’ …” (more)

[Irish Times, 28 July]

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Uses and Abuses of Economics in the Debate on Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2017 by steve

“Last night, Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, delivered a splendid lecture with the title ‘Uses and Abuses of Economics in the Debate on Universities’. It is not possible to do this justice in a brief report, but I aim here to give a synopsis of the main arguments …” (more)

[The lecture itself is here]
[Dorothy Bishop, CDBU, 27 January]


Where are all the women economists?

Posted in Research on February 3rd, 2017 by steve

“I dare you to do something. Fetch a piece of paper and write something on it: the names of five famous female economists. Go on, off you go. And no cheating – no googling on your iPhone. It’s hard, isn’t it? …” (more)

[Frances Weetman, New Statesman, 3 February]

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NUIG students given answers with economic exam paper

Posted in Teaching on December 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is investigating an issue which arose with an exam paper this week.The university has not confirmed the nature of the problem, but according to Galway Bay FM, the answers to the questions were included on the paper …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 8 December]

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The Economic Logic of Student Loans (or, not …)

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The publication of the long delayed and much leaked Cassells report on third level financing is both welcome and depressing. It is welcome in that finally there is a clear and unambiguous analysis of the financial mess in which the sector finds itself …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 16 July]

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The Cassells report on third-level financing fails to paint the whole picture

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The publication of the long-delayed and much leaked Cassells Report on third-level financing is both welcome and depressing. It is welcome in that finally there is a clear and unambiguous analysis of the financial mess in which the sector finds itself …” (more)

[Brian Lucey, Irish Examiner, 18 July]

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Obituary: Brendan Walsh

Posted in Life on May 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Brendan Walsh, emeritus professor of national economics at University College Dublin (UCD), was an inspiring teacher and foremost in his generation researching Ireland’s economic and social problems …” (more)

[Independent, 23 May]

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Brendan Walsh: An influential Irish economist who taught students to ask questions

Posted in Life on May 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Prof Brendan Walsh, who died suddenly age 76, was a hugely influential Irish economist. Walsh was the youngest of four children. His father was a civil servant; his mother and her sister ran Curtins, a women’s clothing shop in Talbot Street, Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Times, 28 May]

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Death of respected UCD economics professor Brendan Walsh (76)

Posted in Life on May 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The death has taken place of Prof Brendan Walsh, former head of economics at UCD and one of Ireland’s foremost economists. He was 76. Dr Walsh, a familiar figure in media discussions, was professor of national economics at UCD from 1980 until his retirement in 2005 …” (more)

[Arthur Beesley, Irish Times, 21 May]

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Has the way universities teach economics changed enough?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 28th, 2016 by steve

UK“In the years following the global financial crisis, the academic study and teaching of economics has come in for a bashing. In fact, it has faced the kind of fundamental criticism rarely directed towards entire disciplines. The apparent failure of economists to predict, let alone prevent, the 2008 crash has led to accusations that conventional economic teaching cannot adequately explain the complex dynamics and risks of modern economies …” (more)

[Daniel Cullen, Guardian, 28 April]


Higher education’s contribution to Irish economy tops €10 billion a year

Posted in Research on December 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Republic of Ireland’s higher education institutions contribute €10.6 billion (£7.8 billion) a year to the country’s economy, a new study indicates. The report by economists from Trinity College Dublin also found that higher education supports 150,000 jobs in the country …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 28 December]

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A Win for Trinity’s Reputation is a Loss for its Economics Department

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The HEA’s Employment Control Framework creates a paradox for universities. In a move that took many by surprise this week, the government appointed Trinity professor Philip Lane to succeed Patrick Honohan as governor of the Irish Central Bank …” (more)

[University Times, 25 October]

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Papers in economics ‘not reproducible’

Posted in Research on October 21st, 2015 by steve

USA“At least half of papers in economics are not reproducible, a new analysis has found, suggesting that the ‘reproducibility crisis’ in academia is not confined to lab sciences. Researchers from the United States Federal Reserve and the Department of the Treasury tried to replicate the results from 67 papers across 13 prestigious journals, but even after contacting authors when necessary, they were successful in only 49% of cases …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 21 October]

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TCD economics professor Philip Lane to be appointed new Central Bank governor

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“TCD economics professor Philip Lane is to be nominated as the new Central Bank governor. Finance Minister Michael Noonan said Prof Lane’s ‘outstanding economic, financial and policy making record ideally position him to lead the Central Bank in the coming years’ …” (more)

[Gavin McLoughlin, Independent, 20 October]

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Critical look at Leaving Cert economics syllabus long overdue

Posted in Teaching on September 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Somebody had the bright idea, in 2000, to review the Leaving Certificate economics syllabus. No doubt this was motivated in part by the fact that not much had changed since the subject was introduced in 1969 …” (more)

[Chris Johns, Irish Times, 8 September]

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