Economics is becoming exclusive, RBA official warns

Drop in diversity among Australian economists will hurt discipline, Jacqui Dwyer says

The Reserve Bank of Australia
Rachael King

Economics students in Australia have become significantly fewer and less diverse than 30 years ago, a senior official at the country’s central bank warned.

“Exclusivity is becoming a hallmark of economics,” Jacqui Dwyer, information department head at the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), said in a speech to the Economic Society of Australia, in Sydney on May 28.

She said a “robust and inclusive” discipline would improve economic literacy, shape future thinking and improve the quality of public

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