IMF’s Lagarde: Women In Workforce Key To Healthy Economies

As the first woman to lead the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde is among an elite group of people determining how money is saved, spent and invested worldwide. In this interview, Lagarde explains why it’s important, from an economic perspective, to ensure that women have fair and equal access to the job market. She also talks about her own experiences of gender discrimination early in her career and what it’s like being the only woman in the room at the IMF.

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Does Diversity On Research Team Improve Quality Of Science?

By Shankar Vedantam

This story examines a February 2014 study by Harvard University economists Richard Freeman and Wei Huang which examined the effect of ethnic diversity on the success of teams that produce scientific research. The study suggests that team diversity plays a big role in success.  While scientists disproportionately write papers with those of similar backgrounds, those who break out of that mold by working with diverse partners produce the most influential science. This was true of ethnically diverse as well as geographically diverse teams. The study suggests that diversity of ideas and perspectives is good for science, and this may have implications in other fields as well.

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