Isabella Weber Featured in The New Yorker
In a recent article published by The New Yorker, Isabella Weber, economics, discusses her rise from “the most hated woman in economics” to one of the most prominent economists of our time. The article tracks Weber’s rise from pariah, receiving substantial criticism over a Guardian article suggesting that strategic price controls could help fight inflation, to an internationally known academic whose ideas have been adopted by Germany and the European Union.
Referring to the immediate response to the Guardian article, Weber notes, “It was straight-out awful. It’s difficult to describe as anything other than that.” However, the widely-publicized criticism – including commentary in the form of op-eds and social media harassment – had a silver lining. “In a strange way, the initial backlash to our proposals has been so tremendous that everyone knew we had come up with the idea, which meant that we didn’t lose credit for it.”
In the past year, Weber has been named one of Capital’s “Top 40 Under 40,” has been included on Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Bloomberg 50 ‘Ones to Watch’” list, and was listed as one of Germany’s “100 Women of the Year” by FOCUS. Most recently, she was interviewed on NPR’s On Point, where she discussed ‘Greedflation.’