NBER Call for Papers - Gender in the Economy

January 31, 2020

July 24-25, 2020
Cambridge, MA
Submission deadline: March 18, 2020

To promote research on the role of gender in both developing and developed economies, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has formed a Study Group on Gender in the Economy.  This initiative will bring together researchers who study economic aspects of gender in a variety of economic sub-fields, and in a range of different institutional settings, to share and discuss current research findings and to identify promising directions for future research.  The Study Group will be directed by Claudia Goldin (Harvard University and NBER), Seema Jayachandran (Northwestern University and NBER), and Claudia Olivetti (Dartmouth College and NBER).  Further information on the Study Group, including its inaugural members, may be found at http://projects.nber.org/drupal/GITE

The Study Group will convene a two-day research meeting on Gender in the Economy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Friday and Saturday, July 24-25, 2020, as part of the NBER Summer Institute.  The meeting will feature nine research presentations.  The organizers welcome submissions of research papers that address the impact of gender on economic outcomes at both the microeconomic and macroeconomic level, develop frameworks for understanding why gender matters, and analyze the economic impact of gender-linked policies.  While the meeting will focus primarily on empirical research, conceptual papers are also welcome.  Potential topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
   • The role of women in both formal and informal labor markets, including the effect of market conditions on labor supply, the role of public policies in affecting lifecycle labor supply patterns, the impact of the gender composition of the labor force on unemployment dynamics, and the productivity and compensation of women and men;
    • The role of women in financial markets, including women’s roles in informal capital markets in developing nations, the impact of financial knowledge and education on household well-being, and the behavior of women as investors in both households and in corporate settings;
   • The effect of women on health outcomes, and of health considerations on women’s role in the economy, including the link between education for women and family health outcomes, the role of women as caregivers in both formal (nursing) and informal (late life care for the elderly) settings, and the impact of a nation’s health care and child care institutions on women’s economic outcomes;
   • The economic determinants of and consequences of fertility choices, including the factors that affect the aggregate birth rate in both developed and developing nations, and the impact of policies such as universal child care or paid family leave on fertility.

To be considered for presentation at the meeting, papers must be submitted by noon EDT Wednesday, March 18, 2020, via the following link:

Papers by researchers with and without NBER affiliations, by early career scholars, and by researchers from under-represented groups, are welcome. Papers that will be published by July 2020 will not be considered. Authors will be notified about whether their papers have been selected by late April, 2020.  

The NBER will cover the travel cost for up to two authors per paper; other co-authors are also welcome to attend at their own expense. Please direct questions about this conference to confer@nber.org.  

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