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. The program is modeled after the NSF CeMENT workshop for female assistant professors in the United States (Blau et al, 2010).  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.

2020 ESA Mentoring Panel on Publishing Experimental Economics Papers

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

2015 ESA Mentoring Panel on Research Funding (slides)

  • Featuring Nancy Lutz