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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 252
Title: A Challenge For the National Science Foundation: Broadening Black and Hispanic Participation In Basic Economics Research
Lead Author: Darity, William A.
Abstract: This white paper considers the low participation rate of black and Hispanic Principal Investigators (PIs) and the distribution by institution among National Science Foundation (NSF) basic economics research grants. An analysis of NSF economics grants between 1990  2010 show that black and Hispanic PIs received a very small share of awards and that 15 institutions received over 50% of the funds awarded. Such an outcome represents a challenge for science policy if indeed broadening participation is a serious objective. We conclude that NSF economics should 1) aim to cultivate and sponsor research that examines the causes and consequences of black and Hispanic underrepresentation among NSF economics grantees; 2) make concerted efforts to recruit proposal reviewers and proposal review panelists from a diverse set of institutions; and 3) incentivize broad participation and racial/ethnic diversity in the basic economics research by penalizing institutions for not achieving respectable levels of racial/ethnic diversity on their economics faculties.
PDF: Darity_William_252.pdf

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