For the first time ever this semester, BEE hosted a small grant competition where PhD students in economics-related programs at UC Berkeley (Economics, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Haas, Public Policy, and Health Policy) were invited to apply for the first (ever) Small Research Grants Initiative towards research pertaining to issues of diversity and social justice.
We are pleased to announce our first round of grant recipients, selected by an impartial panel of reviewers who are all experts in social justice and diversity-related issues.
James Sayre - research on opium poppy markets in Mexico
"I study the economic forces that lead rural farmers in Mexico to produce opium poppy, and the feasibility of crop substitution programs to provide a legal alternative to such activities. I measure the degree to which farmers can substitute between legal and illegal crops, and whether out-migration of such regions has also been a way to mitigate changes in the price of illegal crops."
Kayleigh Barnes and Jakob Brounstein - research on the "pink tax"
"We evaluate the existence of a "pink tax" placed on women's consumer goods and find that women pay higher prices per unit than do men for similar goods. This work can inform whether there exist real consumption inequalities between men and women.”
Congratulations James, Kayleigh, and Jakob! We eagerly await the results of your research!
BEE's small grants on Diversity and Social Justice Research
PhD students in economics-related programs at UC Berkeley (Economics, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Haas, Public Policy, and Health Policy) are invited to apply for the first (ever) Small Research Grants Initiative towards research pertaining to issues of diversity and social justice.
What type of work will be considered?
Any type of economics research that is related to issues of diversity and social justice. Some relevant topic areas may include crime and policing, diversity in education, environmental justice, economic history, gender and sexuality, geography, health, housing, wealth/income inequality, law and institutions, migration, race, labor markets, and tax policy. Other topics addressing related research questions are encouraged; feel free to apply if you can justify why your research applies to social justice issues.
How can the grant money be used?
The grant money can be used to cover research expenses of any type (including a stipend for your time). Grants will be awarded as a block stipend. The only requirement for grant recipients is to write a short (1,500-2,000) word blog post about their research that will be published in BEE's website by a pre-determined deadline.
How can I apply?
There is a short application form that has been emailed to BEE listserv members. It asks for a brief description of your research (approximately 1,000 words total). Please fill out this application before the deadline of Friday, September 11, 2020. If you haven't received the application for any reason but are eligible and interested in the application, please get in touch with us here.
How will decisions be made and when will they be reported?
A team of experts in social justice/diversity issues will review each application, and consider each project's relevance/contribution to current work in the topic area. We will do our best to match application to reviewers in an appropriate topic area. At least one economist will be a reviewer for each application, yet scholars from other disciplines will also be serving as reviewers. Scores will be averaged across reviewers, and those with the highest scores will be awarded grants. In the event that the number of top scoring applications exceeds the number of available grants, awards will be randomly allocated among top-scorers. We aim to release decisions by around October 11, 2020, but this is a new program so please be patient and flexible.
Email the BEE leadership team members or get in touch with us here.
This fall, BEE is starting a tutoring program that will match graduate students from the Economics department, Agricultural and Research Economics, Goldman School of Public Policy and Haas with undergraduate students of color in the economics major for one on one tutoring. This program has started as an initiative from the Students of Color in Economics (SoCE) association in Berkeley with collaboration of BEE.
Please get in touch with the Tutoring team HERE for more information on how to participate.
''If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.''
- Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s
The events over March to June 2020 have made it abundantly clear that we, the student-led organization formerly Women in Economics at Berkeley, are overdue in expanding our group’s mission to include advocacy and support for all marginalized and underrepresented groups in economics.
Starting now, our organization will take an explicit and clear stance in supporting all individuals who identify as part of any structurally under-resourced or under-represented group. To do this, we will need to not only provide loving support but will also need to transform the economics profession to eradicate deep seeds of racism, sexism, homophobia, and cis-sexism that shape our research, teaching, and policy engagement.
With this change, we will update our mission statement and the name of the organization to Berkeley Economists for Equity (BEE).
We know that we cannot do this alone. It will take community and solidarity across a number of students and institutions to enact change. Everyone must join in this effort - we welcome all who want to work, learn, and grow. In particular, we welcome those who can and will challenge us to be better, to show us how we ourselves are contributing to the perpetuation of injustice. We all have much to learn and are committed to evolving as we identify new ways in which we can move economics towards a more equitable and inclusive environment. Establishing equity is not only the right thing to do, but is absolutely necessary for making the research, pedagogy, and policy that we produce more impactful for creating a brighter world.