The new electoral ballot for the American Economics Association officers is out, and it is as usual from the old boys network:
William D. Nordhaus, Yale, PhD MIT
John M. Abowd, Cornell, PhD Chicago
Joseph G. Altonji, Yale, PhD Princeton
Raquel Fernandez, NYU, PhD Columbia
Paul R. Milgrom, Stanford, PhD Stanford
For Executive Committee:
Amy M. Finkelstein, MIT, PhD MIT
Jonathan D. Levin, Stanford, PhD MIT
Serena Ng, Columbia, PhD Princeton
Mark D. Watson, Princeton, PhD UCSD
Consider this: one has to point out that for once there is a candidate who got a PhD from a public university. As I mentioned before, I cannot see how these people can in any way or fashion represent the profession, as there is no one from a public university, no one from a liberal arts college, no one from government, no one from private industry, no one without tenure. One does not even have a choice for president! I have a lot of respect for William Nordhaus, but if there is no choice, this election is not about representation or democracy. It is also about credibility.
The ballot allows for write-ins, though. But without coordinated action, nothing can change here. One can attempt this, though. Hence, I suggest to write in for every position Gregory Burge, assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma and PhD from Florida State University. Make it known to the AEA that these shenanigans should stop.
Vote Gregory Burge and vote often!