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Speaker Series | October 2023

Gender Equality and the Economy: Interdisciplinary Approaches

Levy Institute Research Program of Gender Equality and the Economy: A Speaker Series
The Gender Equality and the Economy Program of the Levy Economics Institute hosts a speaker series with practitioners and scholars across disciplines from around the globe to address the ever-relevant topic of “Gender Equality and the Economy.” Speakers will present their research and discuss differing approaches to economic analyses through a gender lens. The series highlights the importance of taking an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the implications of how gender and economic inequalities intersect in history, policy, and the everyday.

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This event is co-sponsored by the Levy Economics Institute, the Economic Development Initiative, and Bard's Economics Program.

What is a Feminist Quantitative Method? Opportunities for Feminist Econometrics

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Third Session: Monday, March 4, 5–6pm, Blithewood Conference Room  

Though feminist economics encourages methodological plurality, quantitative methods and econometrics have overtaken the discipline in recent years. Many feminist economists have demonstrated reasons to be concerned about the increasing foothold of quantitative methods, and others have provided thoughtful criticisms of specific quantitative measurements. However, few have made distinctions between mainstream econometrics and feminist econometrics, and a succinct set of resources for those trying to do feminist quantitative research is difficult to find. Drawing upon insights from feminist economics, queer methods, and intersectional approaches, this paper sets forth practical guidelines for feminists using econometric methods. Namely, it considers issues of data cleaning, replicability, survey weighting, comparison groups, non-binary measures of gender, intersectionality, causality claims, identification problems, atheoretical index composition, and measuring “difference.” It raises questions for contemporary feminist economists to consider as we grapple with the methodological identity of our field.

Sarah F. Small, PhD is an assistant professor in the department of economics at the University of Utah and the book review editor for Feminist Economics. Her research focuses on intrahousehold bargaining, unpaid care work, history of feminist economic thought, and feminist research methodology. Sarah earned her PhD in economics from Colorado State University and formerly held research positions at Rutgers and Duke universities. 


UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE SERIES:
PREVIOUS EVENTS IN THE SERIES:
[POSTPONED TO SPRING 2024] Well-Being Costs of Unpaid Care: Gendered Evidence from a Contextualized Time-Use Survey in India

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