How top women economists are described

A very revealing article in the NYT.

And most recently, the latest edition of the Slate political podcast, “Political Gabfest,” featured a discussion about the headline-grabbing research by Anne Case and Angus Deaton that found that the death rates of middle-aged white Americans were increasing, even as death rates were falling in other countries. Slate’s David Plotz described the research as having been written by “Nobel Prize-winning economist Angus Deaton and Anne Case, who is his wife, and also a researcher.” Likewise, Ross Douthat, writing in The New York Times Sunday Review, described this as research by “Nobel Laureate Angus Deaton and his wife, Anne Case.”

Ms. Case is far more than a wife and a researcher. She is a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton, one of the leading health economists of her generation, and has been elected a fellow of the Econometric Society. She is also the first author of the mortality study.

One thought on “How top women economists are described

  1. That’s an excellent article — the part about Ralph Nader addressing Janet Yellen is particularly cringe-worthy.

    But Wolfers seems to think that when authors of a paper are mentioned in a news article, they are supposed to be mentioned in the order they are listed as authors in the paper. Is there really such a convention? Wouldn’t it be perfectly fine to say, “Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky published their famous paper on Rational Choice and Framing in 1986”?

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