Junior experimentalists often do not have a senior mentor in experimental economics in their home department.  This presents challenges especially to women getting started in the discipline.  To address this gap, the ESA initiated a mentoring program for junior faculty in 2015. Our goal is to support junior women achieve tenure and become leaders in their field.

The program has two components. At the annual ESA world or regional meetings, we organize a panel discussion on themes including publishing experimental papers, pathways to tenure, work-life balance, and grant writing.  The second component is the formation of mentoring groups for junior women within three years of their PhD.  Each group consists of five junior women based on their research interests and geographical location, with two senior co-mentors. Members of each group are expected to give each other comments on working paper and grant proposals through monthly Zoom meetings and gatherings at ESA or other meetings. The first cohort started in 2015 and the second in 2020.  Invitations for applications to new cohorts are announced through the ESA-announce group.

Previous panels

We have curated videos and other materials from previous mentoring panels.

2022 ESA Mentoring Panel from the North American Regional Conference

  • Grant Funding for Economic Experiments: Featuring Nancy Lutz, Mary Rigdon, Catherine Eckel, Laura Razzolini (slides)

2022 ESA Mentoring Panel from the World Meetings

  • Work-Life Balance: Featuring John Duffy, Johanna Mollerstrom, and Jennifer Pate (slides)
  • Navigating the Publication Process: Featuring Daniela Puzzello, Tim Salmon, Marie Claire Villeval, and Tom Wilkening (slides)

2021 ESA Mentoring Panels from the North American Regional Conference

  • Career Development: Before Tenure: Featuring David Cooper, Erin Krupka, Victoria Prowse, and Lise Vesterlund (slides)
  • Career Development: After Tenure: Featuring Guillaume Fréchette, PJ Healy, Muriel Niederle, and Yan Chen (slides)

2020 ESA Mentoring Panel on Publishing Experimental Economics Papers

  • Roland Benabou: Experimental Economics at the AER (slides)
  • Leeat Yariv: Experimental papers at AEJ: Micro and Econometrica (slides)
  • John List: JPE; External Validity (slides)
  • Armin Falk: Experimental Research (slides)

2020 ESA Mentoring Panel on Pathways to Tenure (video; slides)

  • Featuring Yan Chen, Rachel Croson, Catherine Eckel, Betsy Hoffman, Laura Razzolini, Sarah Solnick, Lise Vesterlund

2017 ESA Mentoring Panel on Work-Life Balance (slides)

  • Featuring Yan Chen, Anna Dreber, John Duffy, Catherine Eckel, Lata Gangadharan


The program could not be a success without the efforts of our volunteer mentors.

Mentors in the 2020-22 cohort (29 mentees, 6 groups)

  • Asia-Pacific (3 groups): Yan Chen, Lata Gangadharan, Sherry Li, Stephanie Wang, Erte Xiao, Jingjing Zhang
  • Europe and Middle East (2 groups): Anna Dreber, Dorothea Kübler, Friederike Mengel, Marie Claire Villeval
  • Americas (1 group): Alessandra Cassar, Lise Vesterlund

Mentors in the 2023-24 cohort (65 mentees, 8 groups)

  • Asia-Pacific (2 groups): Lisa Cameron, Nisvan Erkal, Tracy Liu, Juanjuan Meng
  • Europe and Middle East (5 groups): Seda Ertac, Marta Serra Garcia, Nagore Iriberri, Rosemarie Nagel, Sigrid Suetens, Severine Toussaert
  • Americas (1 group): Sally Sadoff, Anya Samek