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5th annual Australian Gender Economics Workshop (AGEW2022)


We are delighted to invite you to the 5th annual Australian Gender Economics Workshop (AGEW2022), hosted by the Australian National University (ANU) and the Women in Economics Network (WEN). 

The workshop will be held in a hybrid, virtual and in-person format, at the Crawford School of Public Policy, at the ANU on the 10 – 11 February 2022. 

Submissions are currently open and will close on Sunday 31 October 2021 (see further details on the Call for Papers below)


We are also pleased to announce that the workshop will feature keynote speeches from two distinguished academics, Professor Guyonne Kalb (University of Melbourne) and Professor Núria Rodríguez-Planas (City University of New York).

Guyonne Kalb is a Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. She has a PhD in Econometrics from Monash University. She is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), associate editor for Fiscal Studies and co-editor for The Economic Record. 

Her research interests are mainly in the field of applied micro-economics and include labour supply issues, in particular female labour supply; the interaction of labour supply, social security and taxation; labour supply and family policies; and the impact of childcare/parental activities on child development and health. She has numerous publications in national and international journals, such as Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Feminist Economics, Review of Economics of the Household, Economics of Education Review, Fiscal Studies and Economic Record. 

In addition, she has been involved in several research projects providing evidence for policy makers, including a number of evaluation studies, such as the evaluation of the Paid Parental Leave scheme and the evaluation of the Try, Test and Learn Fund for the Department of Social Services. She is currently leading the evaluation of the Future Directions strategy, a large social housing policy reform in New South Wales, for the NSW Department of Communities and Justice.  

Núria Rodríguez-Planas is Professor of Economics at CUNY, Queens College, Doctoral Faculty at The Graduate Center at CUNY, and Research Scholar at Barnard College at Columbia University. She is also the managing editor of the IZA Journal of Labor Policy.  Prior to moving to New York, she was Research Fellow at IZA in Bonn, Visiting Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Assistant Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, among others. She has also held positions in Washington DC as an Economist at Mathematica Policy Research, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Brookings Institution. She received her Ph.D. in Economics in 1999 from Boston University.

Her major research interest has included evaluating the effectiveness of educational programs covering early childhood interventions; mentoring, education services, and financial rewards; vocational training; continuing education; and small business assistance programs, using a wide range of quantitative methods. A second major line of research focuses on showing that gender differences in cognitive development and engagement in risky behaviors are socially constructed. Finally, she has also addressed pressing public well-being policy issues, especially for low-income and disadvantaged individuals related to employment. 

According to RePEC, as of May 2021, Professor Rodríguez-Planas is ranked in the top 2% of all economists in the last 10 years, the top 3% of all women economists, and the top 1% of all women economists of the last 10 years. She is also ranked in the top 10% of all economists in the sub-field of gender economics. She has received grants from the Russell Sage Foundation, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, BBVA, IZA, PSC-CUNY, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs, and Equal Opportunities, among others. She has published in the American Economic Review, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, and Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, among other journals. Much of her work has been written about in The Wilson Quarterly, The New York Times, El País, El Economista, and La Vanguardia, among others.


AGEW invites the submission of research papers from both junior and senior researchers on any topic related to gender economics. Both applied and theoretical papers that meet high standards of methodological rigour are invited. Papers should apply an economic framework and gender should be a core element of the analysis. Papers should also demonstrate real world relevance and applicability to addressing issues of social or economic concern.

Submissions are currently open and will close on Sunday 31 October 2021.

To accommodate continued uncertainties resulting from the global pandemic, the entire workshop will be accessible virtually and in-person. For this reason, the workshop welcomes submissions from domestic and international authors, irrespective of their ability to travel to Canberra.

Full papers or extended abstracts (min. 1500 words) can be submitted to the AGEW2022 Scientific Committee, here

We invite papers on the following themes and beyond: 

  • COVID-19 and its implications for gender equality
  • Behavioural and experimental insights
  • Gender norms
  • Labour and workplace organisation
  • Labour market participation
  • Education and human capital
  • Mental and physical health
  • Conflict and domestic violence
  • Household and interpersonal dynamics
  • Macroeconomics and economic growth Economic development
  • Poverty, inequality and disadvantage
  • Housing, superannuation and retirement
  • Tax and transfer policies
  • Parental leave and childcare policies
  • Evaluation of policy interventions

Presenters of any gender are welcome to the workshop. Gender economics does not necessarily entail an exclusive focus on women or exclusively on binary classifications of gender.

Please check out the workshop website for more information or feel free to contact the organising committee if you have additional questions at: agew2022@anu.edu.au  

Kristen Sobeck (Chair) 
On behalf of the AGEW2022 Organising Committee





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