Thorsten Beck, Orkun Saka, 15 August 2021

Despite the commonly held views of economists on regulatory capture, our profession has been much more hesitant in recognising similar conflicts of interests that may exist in economics research. This column reports on the related discussions and research presented at the second London Political Finance (POLFIN) workshop, including work on the interaction between political power and corporate favouritism, the influence of partisanship on international capital flows, and political polarisation in financial news as well as in corporate boards. It lays out some of the important takeaways and suggests directions for further research that can shed light on the remaining issues.

Simon Angus, Kadir Atalay, Jonathan Newton, David Ubilava, 31 July 2021

The underrepresentation of some groups in academic economics is a source of concern, with most attention focused on the lack of racial and gender diversity. This column looks instead at geographic diversity of economics journals, and finds that editorial power is highly concentrated in the US, while the Far East is hugely underrepresented. Within economics, the diversity of journals varies across fields.

David Card, Stefano DellaVigna, Patricia Funk, Nagore Iriberri, 08 January 2020

Women economists are under-represented across the discipline, from university departments to academic conferences and publishing houses. This column focuses on the editorial process and asks whether the referees and editors of four leading economics journals made gender-neutral publishing decisions between 2003 and 2013. The findings suggest that the gender of the referee does not affect the valuation of a paper and that editors are gender-neutral in valuing advice from referees. However, papers written by women appear to face a higher bar in the quest to be published.

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