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The efficiency rationale for diversity in economics

Samuel Myers and his father encourage young people from diverse backgrounds to study economics.

Since childhood, Myers has spent his life in pursuit of the answers that economic science can provide to important social and political questions. He believes diversity in the field of economics can help provide some of those answers. He states, "Part of the case for diversity in the profession is to increase the quality of the economic science that should arise from including more diverse experiences among those doing the science." Regarding issues that minority groups often face, Myers says, "Analysis of these problems and the search for successful solutions can benefit from insights brought by talented scholars whose life experiences intersect with these problems."

American Economic Association
October 1, 2012

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