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Even famous female economists get no respect

The achievements and expertise of prominent female economists are often downplayed, writes Justin Wolfers, a professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan. In his article for the New York Times, Wolfers explores how we discuss the work of economist power couples. 

'First, consider an example from The New York Times. In a recent article, Adam Davidson wrote that “Lawrence Katz, a professor at Harvard and a leading scholar of education economics, co-wrote a paper a few years ago with Claudia Goldin...” Professor Katz’s apparently uncredentialed co-author in that case was also a professor at Harvard, a leading scholar of education economics, a recent president of the American Economic Association and one of America’s most important economic historians. Moreover, Professor Goldin was actually the first author on the paper, a fact that the public or journalists may not pay much attention to, but one that matters greatly in the academic guild.'

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