Is this an econ talk or a meeting of the XY Chromosome Club?


So, yesterday, Mr. B and I went to George Washington University (Motto:so that’s what a $60,000-a-year cafeteria looks like!) to hear one of my favorite economists, Dr.  Tyler Cowen talk on a number of topics.  You may recall that [

So, yesterday, Mr. B and I went to George Washington University (Motto:so that’s what a $60,000-a-year cafeteria looks like!) to hear one of my favorite economists, Dr.  Tyler Cowen talk on a number of topics.  You may recall that](https://vkblog.github.io/2009/08/12/book-review-create-your-own-economy-by-tyler-cowen/) and pretty much hated it, which was the reason I hid my face in the audience the whole time, serial-stalker-like.   In person, he is extremely amiable and can talk about a great deal of topics at length.  Questions ranged from what he thought of the financial crisis (“everyone got overexcited,”) to why his [

So, yesterday, Mr. B and I went to George Washington University (Motto:so that’s what a $60,000-a-year cafeteria looks like!) to hear one of my favorite economists, Dr.  Tyler Cowen talk on a number of topics.  You may recall that [

So, yesterday, Mr. B and I went to George Washington University (Motto:so that’s what a $60,000-a-year cafeteria looks like!) to hear one of my favorite economists, Dr.  Tyler Cowen talk on a number of topics.  You may recall that](https://vkblog.github.io/2009/08/12/book-review-create-your-own-economy-by-tyler-cowen/) and pretty much hated it, which was the reason I hid my face in the audience the whole time, serial-stalker-like.   In person, he is extremely amiable and can talk about a great deal of topics at length.  Questions ranged from what he thought of the financial crisis (“everyone got overexcited,”) to why his](http://www.tylercowensethnicdiningguide.com/) was so popular (“It’s not.  I keep it just for me,”) to why gold prices are going up, to why eating at restaurants is like sex, to why we should be surprised there isn’t more war in the 21st century.  That’s how his blog works, and that’s how Dr. Cowen pretty much works, too.  It was really cool to see a blogger I respect in person.  Also, he’s married to a Russian woman, and given that I know a bit about the species myself, I give him mad props.

What really intrigued me the most, though, was the audience breakdown of his lecture.  Given that it was on a college campus, I did expect a lot of people to be students, and given that it was sponsored by the Local Libertarians, I did expect a lot of it to be guys.  But the amount of women in the room was extremely surprising:

and, later on even startling:

I’m wondering why the amount of females was so small?  And what does this say about the Internet as a whole? More importantly, what does it say about me that I’m willing to skip out on Happy Hour to listen to explanations of the financial crisis?