An Exciting Webinar Brought to You by International Collaborations of Women in Economics Networks - ONLINE ONLY


From: Thursday November 23, 2023, 12:30 pm

To: Thursday November 23, 2023, 2:00 pm

All members and supporters of the Economic Society of Australia (ESA), Women in Economics Network (WEN) and Korean Women Economists Association (KWEA) are warmly invited to this special online webinar on two interesting gender economics topics with policy implications. Feel free to share this event with your colleagues especially in academia.

Please note, this webinar will not be recorded. We look forward to your attendance online. 

About The Talks

Talk 1: "Unintended Consequences of Earned Income Tax Credit: Maternal Labor Supply and Child Development" - Dr Jeehyun Ko

Dr Ko examines the impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on the children of single mothers. While the EITC is typically thought to benefit low-income children by increasing family income, it may also decrease care-giving inputs as a result of increased parental labor supply. Using a difference-in-differences (DID) approach she finds that the 1993 EITC expansion reduces the combined math and reading test scores of children of single mothers by 13.61 percent of a standard deviation. The most important mechanism is reduced mother-child interactions due to the increased maternal labor supply.

Talk 2: "Underrepresentation of Women in Undergraduate Economics Degrees in Europe" - Assoc. Prof. Marian Vidal-Fernandez

In the past decade, the proportion and academic performance of women who pursue university degrees have increased relative to men in a range of developing countries. Despite this, the percentage of undergraduate economics degrees awarded to women remains low and the gender gap in the USA worsens as women economists progress in their professional careers. European countries seem to have less of a ‘leaky pipeline’. We describe the cross-country underrepresentation of women graduating in economics degrees in Europe relative to country-specific women/men university graduation rates. We also compare the underrepresentation of women in economics to its closest alternative, Business, as well as its gender-underrepresented counterpart, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Finally, we lean on recent evidence to suggest policies to increase the relative share of women pursuing undergraduate economics degrees in Europe with a strong focus on policies aimed at high schools. Overall, we find that the underrepresentation of women in economics graduates has worsened in Europe. In contrast, while gender representation in STEM is worse than in Economics, it has experienced a mild increase over the period of study, while Business has a slight overrepresentation of women.

About The Speakers

Dr. Jeehyun Ko is an associate research fellow of the Korea Institute of Public Finance (KIPF). She received a Ph.D. degree in the department of Economics  at the University of Southern California in May 2021. Her research interests are Program Evaluation, Public Economics, Labor Economics, Child Development and Applied Microeconomics.


Associate Professor Marian Vidal-Fernandez (School of Economics, University of Sdyney) received her PhD from Boston University in 2011. Her research reflects her general interest in using conceptual frameworks and applied micro-econometrics to evaluate policy-relevant issues in labour, education and health with special attention to minorities. She is an Associate Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, and Acting Vice-President and Secretary at Spanish Researchers in Australia-Pacific (SRAP). Marian has published in leading international and interdisciplinary journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Human Resources, the Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, and the Economic Journal and also written media articles in the Conversation.

Event Details

Date:  Thursday 23 November (AEDT)

Time: 12:30-2:00 pm AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)
12:00-1:30pm ACDT (Adelaide time)
10:30am-12pm Korean Standard Time, GMT+9
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Venue: Online via Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed to you 24 hours prior to the event. 

Cost: Free

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

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.

We look forward to welcoming you to this event, 

ESA Women in Economics and Korean Women Economists Association


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