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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 was 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). Contributions to the worksop included those that address these interconnections, especially from angles that are relevant for public policies and public action to transform the existing inequalities.

The types of gender inequalities analyzed encompassed 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.

Theoretical contributions utilized 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. Presenters provided a comprehensive picture of state of the art, identified gaps, and indicated directions for future research, and included young scholars and scholars from the Global South.

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

Participants can access the workshop program and presentations on the password-protected site.

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