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Women Economists on the Post-Pandemic Recovery

The Commons publishes opinions by women economists. Economics has a crucial role to play in building the post-pandemic world and setting policies that affect global welfare. Yet the field remains predominantly male. Men hold 85 percent of full economics professorships at U.S. universities and so far have published about the same proportion of working papers on Covid-19, according to preliminary research. It’s imperative that women take their rightful place in these conversations. Their experiences and views can offer different approaches and new solutions.

The Commons is named for the economics work of Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, and is a forum for these ideas.

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Heidi Shierholz

Heidi Shierholz is a Senior Economist and the Director of Policy at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC. Prior to joining EPI, she was the Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor during the Obama administration. Throughout her career, Shierholz has provided policymakers and economic commentators with research and analysis on labor market dynamics, labor and employment policy and the effects of economic policies on low- and middle-income families. Her research and commentary on labor and employment policy, unemployment insurance, wage stagnation and inequality, racial and gender disparities in the labor market, employer and worker power, the effects of automation on the labor market, the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and other topics have been cited in many broadcast, radio, print, and online news outlets, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, PBS, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. After receiving her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan, she was as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario. She also has an M.S. in statistics from Iowa State University, and a B.A. in mathematics from Grinnell College.

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