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…

Anna Gifty

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

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