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Jacobsen Discusses Economics, Gender

President Jacobsen shares her career path and the important role of mentorship in her life.

President Joyce P. Jacobsen reflects on her path as an economist, professor and administrator; the intersection of labor and gender; and the role of mentorship in achieving gender equity in the field of economics, in an interview in the most recent newsletter from the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP).

An expert on labor economics, particularly the economics of gender, and the first woman to serve as the president of HWS, Jacobsen is the recipient of the prestigious 2021 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award, given to an individual who has furthered the status of women in the economics profession. The Award was created as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the founding of CSWEP and has been given annually since 1998.

Read the full interview.

Jacobsen is the author of scores of journal articles and book chapters exploring sex segregation, migration and the effects of labor force intermittency on women’s earnings, among other topics, as well as the economics of wine and other collectibles. Her books include Advanced Introduction to Feminist EconomicsThe Economics of Gender, Queer Economics: A Reader (co-edited with Adam Zeller) and Labor Markets and Employment Relationships (with Gilbert L. Skillman).