Conference on Diversity and Inclusion in Economics, Finance, and Central Banking

September 23-24, 2020

Federal Reserve Board, Washington D.C.

The Bank of Canada, Bank of England, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and European Central Bank are organizing the third conference on Diversity and Inclusion in Economics, Finance, and Central Banking to be held on September 23-24, 2020 at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.1 Sessions will focus primarily on issues encountered by underrepresented groups in economics, finance, and central banks.2

We invite papers drawn from a variety of methods, perspectives, and disciplines and especially encourage submissions from groups traditionally less represented in economics and finance. We expect that most papers will cover academic-style research. We are also open to studies from practitioners or involving other professions that draw on or shed light on the experience in the economics, finance, and central banking professions, or that highlight the effects of practice steps to increase diversity and inclusion.

Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • What benefits do diversity and inclusion convey to organizations?
  • How can the fields of economics, finance, and central banking better attract and retain members of underrepresented groups?
  • What are the obstacles to greater diversity and inclusion in these fields, and what steps can be taken to overcome them?

Participants will be selected on the basis of papers or abstracts of about 500 words. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2020. Authors chosen to present papers will be notified by May 29, 2020. Final drafts of the papers will be due on September 3, 2020.

The organizing committee consists of staff from each of the four central banks. If you are interested in participating, please email your paper or abstract to Diversity-and-Inclusion-Conference@frb.gov (subject line: "Submission for Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2020"). Reasonable travel and accommodation expenses will be covered for academic presenters of accepted papers. We look forward to hearing from you.


1. Previous conferences were hosted by the Bank of England in 2018 and the European Central Bank in 2019. Return to text

2. This conference will be followed on September 24-25 by the 2nd G7 Central Banks Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Summit for Human Resources and D&I Leaders, which will focus on diversity and inclusion practices within G7 central banks, and is open to official-sector participants only. Return to text

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Last Update: March 05, 2020