Economics Association Bars Hotel Room Interviews
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The Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting has gained a reputation as a recruiting hot spot for the American Economic Association (AEA). But a new AEA rule “strongly discourages” what has long been a common practice at the event: job interviews in hotel rooms.
The move is the latest in a series of steps AEA has taken “with the goal of improving the climate of the economics profession,” according to a summary of the new policy for the 2020 conference. Previously, in 2018, the association revised its code of professional conduct, and last year it adopted a detailed Policy on Harassment and Discrimination.
“While interviewing in suites is considered acceptable, the AEA is strongly discouraging conducting interviews in a regular hotel room,” according to the new conference recruitment policy. “The ASSA is therefore presenting several interviewing options for the 2020 annual meeting,” including suites, enclosed modular meeting spaces and tables.
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