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The Reasons for CSWEP


  • Carolyn Shaw Bell


Both overt and covert instances of less than equal treatment for women and men were taken for granted until the so-called 'women's movement' of the l960s, of which CSWEP was a part. 'Economics is a man's field' summarizes the environment in the profession; this and other circumstances have been quickly forgotten. Focusing on ways to increase the supply of women in the profession, CSWEP created a roster of existing well-qualified economists and enabled their work to show up on programs and in journals. CSWEP economists demonstrated the power of changes at the margin; the experience could be useful today to replace the disputatious terms of quota or reverse discrimination. It should also stimulate further small changes that could yield much greater returns.

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  • Carolyn Shaw Bell, 1998. "The Reasons for CSWEP," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 12(4), pages 191-195, Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:jecper:v:12:y:1998:i:4:p:191-95
    Note: DOI: 10.1257/jep.12.4.191

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    JEL classification:

    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination


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