Lifting Diversity and Inclusion in Economics: How the Australian Women in Economics Network Put the Evidence into Action*

Rebecca Cassells, Leonora Risse, Danielle Wood, Duygu Yengin

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Abstract

To support broader global efforts to improve diversity and inclusion in economics, this paper provides a statistical picture of the gender composition of the economics profession in Australia and the evidence-based initiatives taken by the Women in Economics Network (WEN) to improve women's representation and recognition. WEN's impact is evaluated across a range of metrics. This includes a case study of WEN's mentorship programme for university students that was delivered as a behavioural intervention and evaluated as a randomised control trial. Drawing on practical experiences in combination with research insights, the paper identifies some of the challenges encountered and the lessons that can be shared with similar organisations globally that are pursuing diversity and inclusion goals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages29
JournalEconomic Papers
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes

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