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Barry Ritholtz

Economist Lisa Cook's Groundbreaking Research

Cook’s research shows the lack of diversity in economics is even more egregious than the profession’s harshest critics believed.

What happens when your ability to analyze data results in unique economic insights? If you are Lisa Cook, who is this week’s guest on Masters in Business, you end up doing research for many of the world’s most important institutions. For the professor of economics and international relations at Michigan State University, that meant serving at the Council of Economic Advisers under President Barack Obama, the National Bureau of Economic Research, various regional Federal Reserve banks - Minneapolis, New York and Philadelphia - and the World Bank.