Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession

CSWEP is a standing committee of the American Economic Association charged with promoting the careers and monitoring the progress of women economists in academia, government agencies and elsewhere. Learn more about CSWEP.

CSWEP Chair and Board

The CSWEP Chair is Anusha Chari, Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  View the full list of current CSWEP Board Members.

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Award Winners

Martha Bailey, 2022 Carolyn Shaw Bell Recipient

Martha Bailey, Professor in the Department of Economics and affiliate at the California Center for Population Research at the University of California-Los Angeles, is the recipient of the 2022 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award. Professor Bailey also serves as a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, CEPR, CESifo, and IZA.  Her research focuses on issues in labor economics, demography, and health in the United States, within the long-run perspective of economic history. Her work has examined the implications of the diffusion of modern contraception for women’s childbearing, career decisions, and the convergence in the gender gap. Recent projects focus on the 1960s, including evaluations of the shorter and longer-term consequences of War on Poverty programs and the labor-market effects of equal pay legislation in the US.  She directs the LIFE-M project, which links millions of vital records with census data for the early 20th-century U.S.

Her work has appeared in the American Economic Review and Quarterly Journal of Economics. It has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. She has also won several awards for outstanding teaching, including the 2017 John Dewey Teaching Award at the University of Michigan and the 2022 Berck and Lisa Cheng Award at UCLA. She currently serves as an editor at the Journal of Labor Economics and on the editorial board of the American Economic Review. Professor Bailey is a phenomenal advocate for women in the profession and has advised many women students.

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Rebecca Diamond, 2022 Elaine Bennett Research Prize Rebecca Diamond, Professor of Economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business, is the recipient of the 2022 Elaine Bennett Research Prize. Established in 1998, the Elaine Bennett Research Prize recognizes and honors outstanding research in any field of economics by a woman not more than seven years beyond her Ph.D. (adjusted for family responsibilities. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of housing regulations, geographic segregation of households, and local labor market inequality. Her housing policy work has quantified the effects of rent control on renters, the impact of foreclosure on homeowners, renters, and landlords, and how affordable housing developments act as place-based policies. Her work on labor inequality has studied the importance of on-the-job experience in explaining the gender wage gap and how skill-biased local labor demand changes can induce local amenity changes and widen inequality over and above wage inequality. Her methods combine causal inference with structural models to quantify the distribution of welfare effects. Professor Diamond is the founder and director of the Cities, Housing, and Society Lab and was awarded a Sloan Fellowship and an NSF CAREER grant in 2019. She is currently a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 2013 and her BS in Physics, Economics, and Mathematics from Yale University in 2007.

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