Part of the Festival of Social Science 2019 at NIESR
There is a lack of involvement of women in economics; and macroeconomics is one of the most male-dominated fields, with a female participation rate of under 20%. The reasons why women are poorly represented in economics are disputed; arguments range from non-supportive environments for women to matters of choices and preferences. However, the consequences of this gender unbalance are much less contested. The gender of those making policies matters; studies have shown how males and females have different policy preferences. As macroeconomics has a direct impact on the progress and well-being of people, these examples indicate a severe shortcoming in the discipline’s service to society.
This event, organised by the NIESR- based ESRC Rebuilding Macroeconomics team, in conjunction with Girton College Cambridge, aims to celebrate women in macroeconomics, offering a space where female macroeconomists can showcase their work while sharing their career. This is a one-day conference, intended for a general audience.
9:00 9:30 Registration. Tea & Coffee
9:30 09:45 Introduction to Conference Carolina Alves (University of Cambridge, Girton College) Angus Armstrong (Rebuilding Macroeconomics Project)
9:45 11:00 Celebrating the Pioneers Prof Susan Smith (Girton College Mistress) – Economics and the Girton Approach to Education Prof Maria Cristina Marcuzzo (Università di Roma "La Sapienza") – Joan Robinson and the Cambridge Approach to Economics Discussion Bell Ringer/Chair: Carolina Alves
11:00 11:15 Refreshment Break
11:15 12:45 Session 1: Economics and its gender problem: challenges, initiatives, solutions Is Economics Sexist? – Victoria Bateman (University of Cambridge) Royal Economics Society Women’s Committee – Sarah Smith (University of Bristol) Economy.org – Emily Pilkington Discussion Bell Ringer/Chair: Sue Himmelweit
12:45 13:45 Lunch
13:45 15:15 Session 2: Women in Academic Macroeconomics Sheila Dow (University of Stirling) – Gender, Modes of Thought and Macroeconomics Ruth Badru (University of East Anglia) – Macroeconomics through Gendered Lenses Sue Himmelweit (Open University) – Macroeconomics Beyond the ‘Economic Man’ TBC Discussion Bell Ringer/Chair: Cristina Marcuzzo
15:15 15:30 Refreshment Break
15:30 17:30 Session 3: Women in Macroeconomic Policy Sam Becket (Joint Head of the Government Economics Service, UK) – TBC The UK Women’s Budget Group – TBC Frances Coppola (Writer and Commentator on banking, finance and economics) – TBC Gemma Tetlow (Chief Economist at the Institute for Government) – An Outsider’s view of Macroeconomic Policymaking and the Role of Women Discussion Bell Ringer/Chair: Angus Armstrong
17:30 18:30 Drinks and bites
There is no charge for attending this event, but prior registration is essential; to register, please contact Richard Arnold on r.arnold [at] niesr.ac.uk