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‘Cesspool’ Website Under Fire as Economists Confront Harassment

  • Supporters of more action wore #MeToo pins to raise awareness
  • ‘We have got to do something and silence’ is not an option
Economists call for more action on harassment at the 2023 American Economic Association meeting.
Economists call for more action on harassment at the 2023 American Economic Association meeting.Photographer: Catarina Saraiva/Bloomberg

Economists are zeroing in on a website rife with sexual harassment and bullying content in their efforts to curb the behavior that has long plagued the profession.

At this year’s meeting in New Orleans of the American Economic Association, the field’s largest professional organization, a group of mostly female economists urged it to take steps to help take down the independent website that AEA President Christina Romer referred to as a “cesspool.”