Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in Agricultural and Applied Economics

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From the first days of the pandemic, two researchers launched a weekly seminar on applied agricultural and economic research. After two years and more than 70 seminars, the same researchers wondered what contribution the seminar series had made to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

In the new article “The Contribution of the Online Agricultural and Resource Economics Seminar to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Agricultural and Applied Economics,” published in the journal Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, Marc Bellemare, University of Minnesota , and Jeffrey Bloem of the USDA Economics Research Service reflect on how the Agriculture and Resource Economics Webinar met its goals of promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

They found that an average of 52 people attend the seminar each week, with a maximum of 150 attendees. Additionally, 62% of presenters were female, 8% were black, 15% were Hispanic, and 80% were pre-starters.

Bellemare and Bloem state, “We document the following lessons learned:

1) There is a demand for a series of diversified seminars.

2) There is no diversity-merit trade-off.

3) People can and do adapt to change.

4) Participation in our seminar is not related to the subject area; where applicable, it is determined by seasonal factors.

5) The marginal benefit of OARES exceeds the marginal cost.

6) Community development is a worthwhile effort to promote DEIB. »

The majority of the seminars can be found on the YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZKyXbVilFyItj_5t6I4AVYtzEP8uJnGX. If you would like to arrange an interview, please contact Allison Ware at the AAEA Business Office.

ABOUT AAEA: Founded in 1910, the Association of Agricultural and Applied Economics (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 60 countries. AAEA members work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and nonprofit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, environment, food, health and healthcare. international Development. The AAEA publishes three journals, the Journal of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (an open access journal), the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices and the publication series Open Access Applied Educational Resources in Economics. To learn more, visit http://www.aaea.org.

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