How one test enforces unfair academic gatekeeping

GRE scores are sometimes used to unfairly limit academic attainment. Image: A brown-skinned woman sits at a computer and takes a test alongside others of varying races, Getty Images

Some time ago, a world-famous White male economist did something unprecedented: He shared his GRE scores publicly — scores that, in his words, would have resulted in him being screened out by the top programs that now swear by his textbooks and resources today. (In the field of economics, the quantitative score must be nearly perfect for competitive programs that yield the best academic career outcomes.) In the tweets that followed, he shared that while he didn’t know if the GRE was useful and that it could be a nontrivial predictor, he ultimately wanted to normalize the fact that not…

And if you haven’t joined, you’re missing out. Seriously.

The #EconTwitter is a community that economists, and economics enthusiasts alike, can turn to for a myriad of (sometimes questionable) takes and resources for professional success. The question I often get from those who choose to spend their time off the platform is whether its a good idea to make a Twitter account or, at the bare minimum, follow #EconTwitter. The short answer is yes and here are three reasons why:

1. #EconTwitter is actually a pretty friendly place.

Despite the bad rap the economics profession has had over the past three years, the #EconTwitter space is a relatively friendly community. Individuals respect each others opinions and take…

An Open Letter In Support of AEASP 2020 Moving Online

By: Kayla Jones and Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman

Last year, recent reports found that economists at the Fed are overwhelmingly white and male, which former Chair Janet Yellen cites as one reason for the 2008 financial crisis. The Fed houses nearly 40 percent of all Ph.D. economists employed by the government and its homogeneity speaks to a larger pattern — one that Michigan State University economics professor, Lisa D. Cook, is seeking to address.

Dr. Cook currently oversees the American Economic Association Summer Program (AEASP), a summer institute intended to encourage and prepare underrepresented minorities for graduate programs in economics and…

Anna Gifty

I am a young Black woman with opinions. Stay awhile.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store