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Celebrating Women in Macroeconomics- All day conference at Girton College, Cambridge

Event date
Wednesday, 6 November, 2019
Event time
09:00 to 18:45
Event place
Stanley Library, Girton College
Event Type
In-person event
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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 
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6 November 2019
09:00 - 18:45


Stanley Library, Girton College
Huntingdon Rd, Girton,
Cambridge, CB3 0JG United Kingdom


In-person event