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Workshop | September 2019

Gender and Macroeconomics

Inequality, Development, and Growth
New York City
September 26–27, 2019

A workshop organized by the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College with the generous support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The goal of this workshop is to explore ways to advance the integration of gender and unpaid activities into macroeconomic analyses. Macroeconomic processes, outcomes, and policies involve multiple dimensions of gender inequalities. The latter, in turn, are intertwined with other forms of social inequalities (e.g., class, race, and ethnicity). We are interested in contributions that address these interconnections, especially from angles that are relevant for public policies and public action to transform the existing inequalities. These may include but are not limited to:
  • Incorporation of the realm of unpaid productive activities into economy-wide models (e.g., SAM, CGE).
  • Assessment of the channels through which macroeconomic policies influence women’s and men’s economic outcomes and gender inequalities. The policies considered can include fiscal policies that directly affect the provisioning of care ( expanding early childhood education). They can also include monetary policies related to interest rates, exchange rates, and financial markets.
  • Evaluation of the mechanisms whereby gender inequalities influence macroeconomic outcomes, such as aggregate output and employment and their sectoral composition, inflation, budget deficits, and current account balance.
  • Analysis of the links that connect economic structure (e.g., sectoral composition of the economy, the degree of openness) and growth regimes (e.g., wage-led versus investment-led growth) with women’s and men’s economic outcomes and gender inequalities.
  • Aspects of interconnections between unequal international economic relations (trade and finance) and gender inequalities.
  • Women’s empowerment and economic policies in the rural development context.
  • The future of work and women’s economic empowerment in the context of rapid technological change and automation.
The types of gender inequalities to be analyzed may potentially encompass inequalities in care and unpaid work, labor force participation, employment composition (by sector and type of employment, such as formal or informal), education, and access to and utilization of social and financial services.

We invite theoretical contributions that utilize existing and novel macroeconomic modeling approaches as well as empirical studies, in particular, those focusing on the dimensions of gender inequalities relevant to the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa and other low-income economies. We are also interested in papers that provide a comprehensive picture of state of the art, identify gaps, and indicate directions for future research. We encourage submissions from young scholars and scholars from the Global South.

The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College is organizing the workshop with the generous support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The organizers will cover accommodations and travel-related expenses. Accepted participants can access more information on the password-protected site.

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