In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, we launched the Online Agricultural and Resource Economics Seminar (OARES) in an ostensible effort to maintain a semblance of normalcy in agricultural and applied economics. Our goal with the OARES was to break down the privilege barrier in two ways: by (i) featuring research mainly by junior, female, or minority scholars, and (ii) bringing frontier research to those who may not have had access to a regular seminar series prior to the pandemic. We thus discuss the contribution of the OARES to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in agricultural and applied economics.
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We thank Craig Gundersen for helpful comments. The OARES is financially independent, and not affiliated with either of our employers. The findings and conclusions in this manuscript are ours and should not be construed to represent any official US Department of Agriculture or US Government determination or policy.
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