Gender and Economics WG Sessions @ YSI Virtual Plenary

Dear all,

As you probably know, the YSI Virtual Plenary is around the corner. We hope you are as excited as we are! If you already had the chance to take a look at the program, you know there are a lot of activities happening during the upcoming weeks (if you haven’t yet, you can find it here: Since we don’t want you to miss any of our amazing sessions, we are sharing with you a summary version of the program so you can save the dates.


Introduction – Wednesday Nov 4 (15:00 – 16:00 UTC)

Meet the Gender and Economics Working Group! Hear what the group has been up to, and who is joining its track for the plenary. Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the others.

State of the Field Report – Thursday Nov 5 (17:00 – 18:00 UTC)

Come and discuss the ways in which the working group’s area has evolved. What research questions have recently come to the forefront? What discussions and debates have arisen? What papers have left an impression? Tune in to get up to date on the State of the Field.

Input Talk: Julie Nelson – Monday Nov 9 (16:30 – 17:45 UTC)

As we try to identify the most inspiring, interesting, and important questions of our time, we are thrilled and grateful to hear Professor Nelson's perspective on the matter. Join us for an invigorating talk, and stay to edit the questions in the constellation!

Input Talk: Valeria Esquivel – Wednesday Nov 11 (17:00 – 18:00 UTC)

COVID-19 is changing our world, possibly not for the better. The ways we understand and "frame" this crisis have consequences in ethical, analytical, and policy terms. What is new in this COVID 19 crisis? What can we learn from previous crises to think about this one?

Input Talk: Lee Badgett – Friday Nov 13 (13:00 – 15:00 UTC)

In this session we will bring to light specificities of gender and sexual orientation. We aim to focus in the answer "Why should economists study LGBT people and other sexual and gender minority groups?"

Brainstorm Session – Tuesday Nov 17 (15:00 – 16:00 UTC)

Got something you are interested in or curious about? A question you’d like to explore further? Learn how you can turn that into a YSI Project in your Working Group. Join and flesh out your ideas (however big or small) with help from those who did it before.


Rural Women as Agents of Economic Change – Friday Nov 6 (11:00 – 13:00 UTC)

Rural and Agricultural transformations have been a great field to explore given the rapid changes in the way of living and producing. Rural diversification and adoption of new strategies plays a major role specially for small producers and women is central in this debate. In this session, we seek to discuss the impacts and relationships of gender and rural work, considering countries specificities and exogenous shocks.

New Approaches to Old Questions: Current Debates in Feminist Economics – Sunday Nov 8 (14:00 – 16:00 UTC)

Since its origins, one of the most exciting features of Feminist Economics has been its ability to interface with other social sciences, fostering new and innovative methodological approaches often absent in mainstream economics. In this unique session, we propose an interdisciplinary conversation about some of the most pressing debates in the field.

Time Allocation and Work Disparities between Men and Women – Thursday Nov 12 (11:00 – 13:00 UTC)

Intrahousehold resources is an important field for Microeconomists. This is not different from the Feminist Economics optic, which brings to light the major differences between the work performed by men and women. Since women are usually responsible for the major burden of domestic (and unpaid) work, they have less time available for leisure and, therefore, are more prone to different vulnerable economic outcomes. In this session, we will discuss time use and its impacts on education and highlight how the COVID-19 altered this relationship.

A Gendered Analysis of the World of Work in the Global South – Saturday Nov 14 (14:00 – 16:00 UTC)

Labour economics has always had a prominent role in the field of gender and economics. Far from losing momentum, these debates are in constant development with new and exciting findings emerging every day. In this panel, we will discuss different case studies from the Global South with the goal of exploring common patterns as well as identifying specific trends.

This session explores papers presentations by young scholars on education, labor outcomes, and effects of gender discrimination, how trends have changed in the recent years, what challenges we face now.

You will find all the information about how to register and join the sessions here:

We look forward to seeing you there!
Best wishes,

The Gender and Economics Working Group Organizing Team