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Remote talks: changes to economics seminars during Covid-19

Biermann, Marcus (2021) Remote talks: changes to economics seminars during Covid-19. CEP Discussion Papers (1759). Centre for Economic Performance, LSE, London, UK.

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This paper analyzes the consequences of the change in the presentation mode of seminars in economics triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the technology shock, the number of seminars held decreased by approximately 12 percent as seminars went from in person to online presentations. The composition of seminar speakers changed significantly. Three proxies of speakers’ quality suggest that leading top economists gained shares. The share of seminars held by women increased. The geography of knowledge dissemination shifted significantly as the distance between host and speaker institutions increased on average by 32 percent. The growing inequality in presentations among speakers is correlated with an increase in inequality in terms of citations. The results imply that working from home instead of travelling can decrease gender-specific inequality and increase inequality by productivity.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
T Technology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
JEL classification: A - General Economics and Teaching > A1 - General Economics > A10 - General
F - International Economics > F1 - Trade > F14 - Country and Industry Studies of Trade
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I23 - Higher Education Research Institutions
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J16 - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2022 12:12
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2022 12:12

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