Workshop Location
 Virtually (via zoom)

As of 10 January 2022, the organising committee has made the decision to move the event from a hybrid, in-person and virtual modality, to an exclusive online workshop. The on-going uncertainty associated with regional restrictions and travel, alongside the forthcoming peak in omicron cases in Australia, informed this decision, ensuring we can prioritize the health and safety of participants.
Over the last five 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. 

The online program is available, via Oxford Abstracts, here: 

A PDF version of the program is also available (updated 7 Feb), here.

Oxford Abstracts
A guide has been prepared on how to access the Zoom links for the workshop via Oxford Abstracts, hereOxford Abstracts also has instructions, here about registration for the platform, and a second set of instructions to explore the conference platform, here

Zoom Platform
The AGEW2022 will be presented via Zoom. Zoom links will be provided to registered participants in Oxford Abstracts. We will be using "Zoom meetings" for the workshop presentations and "Zoom webinars" for the keynote speaker sessions and policy symposium. Please make sure you have the latest Zoom version installed on your laptop or device. This will give you all the functionality needed for the workshop.

Download and install the most recent Zoom Client for Meetings to your device: 
Keynote Speakers
Professor Guyonne Kalb
University of melbourne

Children and financial security in old age: how can women have both?
Thursday 10 February 9:00 AM

Slides available here*
Recording available here

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.
Professor Núria Rodríguez-Planas
city university of new york, queens college

gender gaps and social norms
friday 11 february 8:30 AM

Slides available here*
recording available here

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.
Policy Symposium
 What policies are necessary to ensure a gender equitable COVID-normal economy?
Friday, 11 February 2022, 3:30 PM 

Recording available here
Danielle Wood

The grattan institute
Danielle Wood is the CEO of Grattan Institute and also leads Grattan’s Budgets and Government Program. She has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budgets, tax reform, generational inequality, and reforming political institutions.

Danielle previously worked at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, NERA Economic Consulting, and the Productivity Commission. She holds an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide and two Masters degrees, one in Economics and one in Competition Law, from the University of Melbourne.

Danielle is the President of the Economic Society of Australia and was the co-founder and first Chair of the Women in Economics Network.

She is a member of the Parliamentary Budget Office Expert Advisory Committee, the Commonwealth Bank CEO Advisory Council, and the PWC Future of Work Committee.
Alicia Payne, MP

Federal member of parliament for canberra
Alicia Payne is the Federal Member for Canberra, proudly representing the Canberra community since her election in May 2019. Alicia is passionate about social justice and the need for urgent action on climate change. Since her election, Alicia has been a strong advocate for the Canberra electorate and is proud to represent this progressive and caring community.

In the Parliament, Alicia serves on the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS and the Public Account and Audit Committee. Alicia also serves as Secretary of the Australian Labor Party First Nations Caucus Committee.

Before her election to the Parliament, Alicia worked as a Research Fellow at the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM), a Policy Analyst at the Australian Treasury, a Research Adviser to then Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner MP, Senior Social Policy Advisor to then Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten MP, and Chief of Staff to then Shadow Minister for Social Services Jenny Macklin MP.

Alicia was raised in Canberra and lives in the diverse and inclusive Inner North of Canberra with her young family.
Claudia Maclean

Principal solicitor,
Women's legal centre ACT
Claudia Maclean is the Principal Solicitor at the Women's Legal Centre ACT. Claudia is responsible for the management and supervision of the Centre’s legal practice. Since joining the Centre in 2015, she has developed and expanded the practice to meet the legal needs of women in Canberra. This has included developing a family law property litigation and an early intervention Child Protection practice. She has also developed innovative pro bono relationships with top tier, mid-tier and small law firms to supplement the work of the Centre, and believes in working in partnership with other firms and organisations to deliver intensive support and value to our clients in complicated legal matters.

Prior to joining the Centre, Claudia was a family lawyer in private practice and has worked for a range of small and large family law private firms. Claudia has a background in family law litigation, with a particular interest in complex family law property matters, including regularly appearing in the Family Court, Federal Circuit Court and ACT Magistrates Court. Claudia was admitted to practice in 2009, and has a BA/LLB from ANU, Masters in Applied Law (Family Law), and Grad Dip. In Legal Practice.

Claudia is a representative of the steering committee for the Family Law Pathways Network Canberra, and a committee member of the ACT Law Society’s Family Law Committee and ACT Law Society’s Pro Bono Clearing House Panel. She is also currently chair of the ACT Legal Assistance Forum Child Protection Working Group, which works with stakeholder organisations to advocate for service and law reform in the ACT Care and Protection jurisdiction.
Kristen Sobeck (Chair)

research fellow
Kristen Sobeck is a Research Fellow at the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, at the Australian National University. She has published various policy reports on wage and income policies, as well as tax reform.

Prior to joining TTPI, she worked for a decade as an economist at the International Labour Organization (ILO) from its headquarters in Geneva, where she focused on wage and income policies. She also worked at the ILO's country office in Argentina, where her focus was on the informal economy.

Kristen was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2007 and holds a Bachelor's degree in economics and French from Smith College. She also holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Geneva and is undertaking her PhD part-time at the Australian National University.
Scientific Committee

Maria Racionero, Australian National University (Co-Chair)
Arezou Zaresani, University of Manitoba (Co-Chair)
Francesca Barigozzi, University of Bologna
Alessandra Cassarico, Bocconi University
Janice Compton, University of Manitoba
Diana Contreras Suarez, University of Melbourne
Elena Del Rey, University of Girona
Xiadong Gong, University of Canberra
Christine Ho, Singapore Management University
Michael Jetter, University of Western Australia
Jan Kabatek, University of Melbourne
Pushkar Maitra, Monash University
Jordy Meekes, University of Melbourne
Solmez Moslehi, Monash University
Miguel Olivo-Villabrille, University of New South Wales
Alison Preston, University of Western Australia
Michelle Rendall, Monash University
Lucie Schmidt, Smith College
Kailing Shen, Australian National University
Jose I. Silva, University of Girona
Steven Stillman, Free University of Bolzano
Massimiliano Tani, University of New South Wales
Marian Vidal-Fernandez, University of Sydney
Duygu Yengin, University of Adelaide
Jacquelyn Zhang, Australian National University
Organising Committee

Kristen Sobeck, Australian National University (Chair)

Creina Day, Australian National University
Ben Freyens, University of Canberra
Renée Fry-McKibbin, Australian National University
Maria Racionero, Australian National University
Cate Rogers, Economic Society of Australia, ACT, WEN
Timothy Watson, Australian National University
Registration is has CLOSED for the AGEW 2022.

Registration closes for:

PRESENTERS (in order to be included in the program): 5 January 2022
ALL OTHER participants: 3 February 2022

Australian Gender Economics Virtual Course: 9 February 2022 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM AEDT)
Australian Gender Economics Workshop: 10 - 11 February 2022

Economic Society of Australia (ESA)/ Women in Economics Network (WEN) Members: AUD 200
Non ESA/WEN Members: AUD 250
**Students: AUD 160

**Students: Please contact
[email protected] (with proof of your student status) to request a code to register at this price.
​Virtual Course: Women's labour market, institutions and social norms
Women's labour market, institutions and social norms
Since the 1990s, adult women’s and men’s convergence in labor force participation rate and earnings has stalled and even reversed in many OECD countries (Goldin 2014Blau and Kahn 2006; and England, Levine and Mishel 2020). This course will explore different factors that explain what is holding women back. The course will begin by analyzing how motherhood impacts women's earning trajectories. It will then move to better understand the penalties associated with alternative work arrangements such as temporary contracts, or part-time work. The course will then analyze the effectiveness of different policies aiming at improving women's labor force attachment. We will conclude by exploring how social norms and institutions intertwine and contribute to this lack of gender convergence.
Date: Wednesday, 9 February 2022
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM AEDT
Location: Virtual – via zoom
Convenor: Professor Núria Rodríguez – Planas, City University of New York, Queens College

Economic Society of Australia (ESA)/ Women in Economics Network (WEN) Members: AUD 125
Non ESA/WEN Members: AUD 155
*Students: AUD 100

*Students: Please contact [email protected] (with proof of your student status) to request a code to register at this price.

Additional Information: To better facilitate interaction among participants and the convenor, the course will be capped at 30 participants. Since course participation has been capped to better facilitate interaction among participants and the convenor, it is expected that participants will keep their webcams on during the 3-hour course. If you would like to seek an exemption to this rule, please send an email to [email protected]

Registration Details:  Capacity has been reached. Registration is now closed. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list in case someone drops out, please send an email to: [email protected]

Call for Papers
Submissions for the 2022 AGEW have now closed.

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.

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. 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.

Best Student Prize 

A prize to the Best Student Paper will be awarded at AGEW2022. Authors are eligible for this award if their paper is chiefly based on research that they conducted as an undergraduate or postgraduate university student. Candidates should be a current student or have graduated no longer than two years ago.

If you would like to be considered for the Best Student Paper Award at the AGEW2022, please indicate your eligibility in your paper submission.

Best Rapid Session Prize

A best rapid session prize will also be awarded based on workshop participants' preferred choice.
Contact us
If you have any additional questions, the organising committee can be reached at: [email protected]

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