The 2021 Australian Gender Economics Workshop was held virtually from 8-9 February 2021.

You can view the AGEW2021 program here.

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 the workshop provided the opportunity for many students and early career researchers to present their papers over the two days.  

We were honoured to be joined by two exceptional keynote speakersProfessor 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, presented by Catie Bradbear and Harry Greenwell. Our knowledgeable panellists Alison Booth, Wendy Carlin, Leonora Risse and Justin Wolfers shared their experiences and insights on how should we educate the next generation of economists? And importantly, how do we attract more female students to economics?

The workshop program offered a wealth of insightful new research to learn about covering a range of gender economics issues, 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?  Our presenters addressed some challenging questions with practical relevance, and shared some very clever ways and innovative methodologies to explore these issues.

Video recordings of the AGEW2021 Keynote Presentations and Policy Symposium are available for viewing on the WEN YouTube Channel

AGEW2021 Policy Symposium Educating the next generation of economists 

AGEW2021 Keynote by Professor Yana van der Meulen Rodgers A Care-Led Recovery Plan for the COVID-19 Pandemic  

AGEW2021 Keynote by Professor Lata Gagadharan Evaluating decision-makers: Does gender matter?

This event was possible thanks to the generous support received from our sponsors