The Economics Diversity and Inclusion Committee


The Economics Diversity and Inclusion Committee (EDIC) was established by the Chair of the Economics Department in the spring of 2021 as part of the Department’s continuing commitment to fostering an inclusive culture and positive climate for all at Cornell University and in the Economics profession more broadly. In particular, EDIC is charged with improving the experiences of groups traditionally underrepresented or facing barriers in economics education, research, and economics-related career paths both in and out of academia.

To meet this charge, the committee will, among other things, gather information, develop strategies, and offer policy and process recommendations to help:

  • foster a positive, welcoming and affirming academic climate and experience in Economics,
  • improve racial and gender diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Economics department and in the broader Cornell Economics community,
  • promote inclusive faculty hiring practices; graduate student admissions and recruiting; mentoring and retention programs,
  • provide information and guidance to campus resources that support individuals from underrepresented groups, as well as work-life balance and/or dual-career related challenges,
  • develop research, teaching and advising practices and programs that broaden the coverage of traditionally underrepresented topics in the Economics curriculum, as well as the pipeline of students and scholars in the Economics profession.

Members of the Economics Diversity and Inclusion Committee 2023-2024

EDIC members are appointed by the Chair of the Economics Department. The committee is comprised of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students representing multiple departments within the Economics community at Cornell.

Please feel free to contact members with comments and suggestions.


Francine Blau, Frances Perkins Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Professor of Economics


Nicolas Bottan, Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy

Colleen Carey, Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy

Nancy Chau, Professor of Applied Economics and Management

Doug McKee, Senior Lecturer of Economics

Jose Luis Montiel Olea, Associate Professor of Economics

Seth Sanders, Ronald G. Ehrenberg Chair of Labor Economics, ex officio

Joerg Stoye, Professor of Economics

Lexin Cai, Graduate Student in Economics

Chloe Smith, Graduate Student in Brooks