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In Short Supply: Ways to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in Agricultural Economics

Four panelists discuss new survey results at 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting

The Agricultural & Applied Economics Association has a small sample of professionals that research agriculture and applied economics. Within the organization, roughly 60% of the membership identify as male, only 24% as female. Although there is no formal data on gender equality in this field, some conversations and actions about the current status of women and minorities have begun.

In a session taking place at the 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting, “Strategies to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in Our Profession,” four panelists will address diversity and inclusion in the agricultural and applied economics profession as well as the broader economics profession. They will also present results of a 2019 survey assessing the status of women and underrepresented minorities in the profession.

A member from the panel for this session, Anna Josephson from University of Arizona says, “we hope to spark that discussion and talk about some of the current actions which are being done with the AAEA and within academic departments across the country, to improve diversity and inclusion within our profession.”

About 1,400 participants are expected to attend the 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting, which will take place on July 21-23 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA.

If you are interested in attending the 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA or simply set up an interview with any of the authors, please contact Allison Scheetz in the AAEA Business Office. You can also learn more on our Annual Meeting Media Kit page.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 60 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes two journals, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices and the online open access publication series Applied Economics Teaching Resources. To learn more, visit

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