"Economics is not a man's field"
In honor of the Economic Growth Center’s 60th anniversary during the 2020/21 academic year, we are telling the stories, not only of well-known faculty who helped build EGC’s name and the field of development economics, but also members of the EGC community whose contributions have been overlooked, including women and international visiting scholars.
Below, you can read the stories of some of these pioneering women, and watch a presentation that Lisa Qian gave on her research.
The women of EGC's founding team
When the Economic Growth Center was founded in 1961, three women were hired to provide research and administrative support. All three had PhDs and happened to be married to Yale economics professors. However, six years later, all were required to leave their jobs amid a flash of concern about nepotism. Despite the setback, the women went on to outstanding careers of their own.