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SPECIAL INVITATION: How Gender Impacts Outcomes in Education and in Family: An International Perspective - ONLINE ONLY


From: Wednesday November 30, 2022, 12:30 pm

To: Wednesday November 30, 2022, 2:00 pm

Gender can be an important factor in determining outcomes in schools as well as in families. In collaboration with the Korean Women Economists Association (KWEA, http://www.e-kwea.or.kr/ ), the Women in Economics Network invites you to a webinar on two interesting gender economics topics.

Our first presenter, Dr So Yoon Ahn (University of Illinois at Chicago) will talk about Spousal Bargaining Power and Consumption of Married Couples in the US: Evidence from Scanner Data (link to paper). Her research finds that the expenditure shares on women's beauty goods increase and expenditure shares on alcohol decrease significantly both when relative education of wife increases and when relative potential wages of wives increase. Also, women’s bargaining power improves the family’s investment made on children’s education.

Our second speaker, Dr Rigissa Megalokonomou (University of Queensland) will talk about the Impact of Same Gender Peer-role Models in Education and how this impact depends on gender.  Her research finds that same-gender peer role models can reduce the under-representation of qualified females in STEM fields by about 6-9% and women feel empowered and confident when assigned to female peer role models compared to those females who are assigned to male peer role models. Males are insensitive to the gender of the peer role models.

All members and supporters of the Economic Society of Australia (ESA) and Women in Economics Network (WEN) are warmly invited to this special online webinar, jointly organised by the South Australian Branch of WEN and the Korean Women Economists Association.


Date: Wednesday 30 November 2022
Time: 12.30pm until 2.00pm AEDT (10:30am-12pm Korean Standard Time)
Venue: Via Zoom - Register Below
Cost: Free of Charge

Both men and women are welcome to attend. The event is open to public.

Dr. So Yoon Ahn

Dr. So Yoon Ahn is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University. Her primary research interests include family economics, gender economics, labor economics and development economics. She is interested in how households make decisions in different contexts.
Her research has been funded by grants such as by JPAL Gender and Economic Agency Initiative, Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund, Dr. Edwin P. and Dr. Beatrice G. Reubens Travel and Research Fund. She received 2015 Wueller Pre-Dissertation Award (runner-up), Columbia University; Vickery Prize for Best Third Year Paper (runner-up, Columbia University) and 2004-2009, Samsung Junior Frontier Leadership (JFL) scholarship. https://syahn.people.uic.edu/ 

Dr. Rigissa Megalokonomou

Dr. Rigissa Megalokonomou is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland. She is also an Affiliate of the CESifo Research Network and the IZA. Dr Megalokonomou is an applied economist, and her research combines micro-econometric techniques with the collection of unique, large datasets in understanding policy-related questions. Her expertise is in the economics of education, labor economics and immigration economics. Her research focuses on understanding what shapes gender biases and discrimination and the determinants of human capital development. Her research has been funded by the Queensland Government.  
Dr. Megalokonomou has been awarded the Young Economist Prize by Unicredit & Universities, the Mardi Dungey Prize, the 2021 Faculty Employee Excellence Faculty Award in Early Career Research at the University of Queensland among others. Her research has been featured at The Conversation, The Guardian, LSE EUROPP and Epoch Times etc. She was a WEN Committee Member in Queensland from 2017 until 2020. Dr. Megalokonomou graduated top of her BSc in Economics class at the University of Athens. She holds an MSc in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Essex and a PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick. She has published in the American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of Human Resources, European Economic Review, etc.  http://www.rmegalokonomou.net/

Registration and Joining this Webinar

To register please book online below. The Zoom link to join this webinar will be included in your auto-generated invoice email - please look out for this and keep it safe until the webinar is due to be broadcast. Note, these emails sometimes get caught in spam folders. The timing of this event is AEDT  (Sydney/Canberra/Melbourne).

The Women in Economics Network aims to promote and support the careers of female economists and foster greater gender equality and inclusion within the economics profession in Australia. If you would like to show your support for WEN, we invite you to consider joining or renewing your membership. To check the status of your membership, log in to the ESA portal to ensure your membership is current and tick the WEN box in My Profile.


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