The 2021 Australian Gender Economics Workshop was held virtually from Monday the 8th – Tuesday 9th February 2021.
Over the last four years our annual workshop has built and widened a professional, supportive and collegiate community. A community that has a shared goal of a deeper understanding of not only what drives gender inequality in our society and economy, but what works to reduce inequalities that exist and persist today.
We were especially delighted that so many international colleagues were able to join our workshop this year and that there was a critical mass of students presenting papers over the two days.
We had two exceptional keynote speakers – Professor Yana Rodgers from Rutgers University and Professor Lata Gangadharan from Monash University. Yana spoke on the very timely topic on the role that the care sector can play in leading the COVID-19 recovery, and Lata shared her insights on the role gender plays in decision making.
Our policy symposium this year was anchored by new findings from a randomised control trial on the role of mentoring in retaining women economic students, and I asked our very knowledgeable panellists Alison Booth, Wendy Carlin, Leonora Risse and Justin Wolfers their thoughts on how should we educate the next generation of economists? And importantly, how do we get more women involved?
There was a plethora of insightful new research to learn about – from the impact of bushfires on domestic violence to the effects of parental leave policies on economic growth. Do men and women persuade differently? And what’s the impact of having lots of multiple choice questions on gender differences in mathematics? There were some big questions and issues and very clever ways of answering these in this year's workshop.