Economists Who Circulated Open Letter in Support of Yellen for Fed Chair Available to Comment on Nomination

Oct 09, 2013, 11:54 ET from Institute for Women's Policy Research

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to the White House announcement that President Obama will nominate Janet Yellen to be the next head of the Federal Reserve, economists who signed a letter of support for Yellen are available for comment. Last month's letter from more than 500 American economists urged President Obama to nominate Janet Yellen for Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The letter was circulated by economists Heidi Hartmann, president of the Institute for Women's Policy Research, and Joyce Jacobsen, dean of social sciences and Andrews Professor of Economics at Wesleyan University. The letter attracted widespread media attention when it garnered 350 signatures within the first three days of circulation. The economists who signed the letter reflect a spectrum of opinion from left to right, have different party affiliations, and come from across the country, with 48 states and the District of Colombia represented, as well as 211 colleges and universities, and 25 institutes and businesses.

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Dr. Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., President of IWPR, is an economist, MacArthur fellow, and co-author of Women's and Men's Employment and Unemployment in the Great Recession. She lectures widely on women, economics, and public policy; frequently testifies before the U.S. Congress; and has commented in prominent print and broadcast news outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Bloomberg, and MSNBC.

Dr. Joyce Jacobsen, Ph.D., Dean of Social Sciences at Wesleyan University, is the Andrews Professor of Economics at Wesleyan and author of The Economics of Gender. She publishes widely on labor economics, including articles on sex segregation, migration, and the effects of labor force intermittency on women's earnings. She has been a featured guest on NPR's Morning Edition and Bloomberg TV's Street Smart.

The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women and their families, promote public dialogue, and strengthen communities and societies.

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