India, supply-side econ, and gender discrimination

Three interesting links (thanks to Marginal Revolution):

Supply-side economics and progressives are rarely found together, which makes this short article on the topic all the more interesting.

You might recall the piece I wrote about the ongoing land protests in India. This Q&A covers the politics and economics in great depth. Recommended for further reading.

A new econ paper out:

This paper reports the results of the first systematic attempt at quantitatively measuring the
seminar culture within economics and testing whether it is gender neutral. We collected data on
every interaction between presenters and their audience in hundreds of research seminars and job
market talks across most leading economics departments, as well as during summer conferences.
We find that women presenters are treated differently than their male counterparts. Women are
asked more questions during a seminar and the questions asked of women presenters are more
likely to be patronizing or hostile. These effects are not due to women presenting in different fields,
different seminar series, or different topics, as our analysis controls for the institution, seminar
series, and JEL codes associated with each presentation. Moreover, it appears that there are
important differences by field and that these differences are not uniformly mitigated by more rigid
seminar formats. Our findings add to an emerging literature documenting ways in which women
economists are treated differently than men, and suggest yet another potential explanation for
their under-representation at senior levels within the economics profession.

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