Welcome to AGEW2019

13-15 February 2019
Melbourne, Australia

Thankyou to all workshop speakers, participants, volunteers and sponsors
for helping to make AGEW2019 a success

Presentations slides and recordings and event photos will be shared on this event website as they become available

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The Women in Economics Network (WEN), in partnership with RMIT University, was proud to host its second Australian Gender Economics Workshop (AGEW) in Melbourne, Australia, on 13-15 February 2019.

The aim of AGEW is to foster a community of economic researchers who can collectively contribute to the high quality evidence base needed to guide the pursuit of more gender equitable outcomes in society.

The event offered the opportunity for researchers and policy analysts to come together to share their research insights across of spectrum of topics related to gender equality, to provide constructive feedback on participants’ research papers, and to converse with policymakers about how to translate this knowledge into action

We were honoured to welcome two highly distinguished international speakers to AGEW2019: Professor Iris Bohnet (Kennedy School of Business, Harvard University, author of What Works: Gender Equality by Design, and VicHealth Leading Thinker) and Professor Shelly Lundberg (University of California, Santa Barbara, and immediate past Chair of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession).

To complement the research presentations, AGEW hosted a Policy Symposium on the topic “How can economics contribute to the pursuit of gender equity?”. Our illustrious panel – Trish Bergin (First Assistant Secretary, Office for Women, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet), the Hon. Dr Andrew Leigh (Shadow Assistant Treasurer; Federal Member for Fenner), Lisa Annese  (CEO, Diversity Council Australia) and Professor Helen Hodgson (Curtin University; National Foundation for Australian Women) – delved into the question of how the economics toolkit and evidence base can inform policy directions and drive action for change.

AGEW2019’s Professional Development program comprised an Academic Career Development Session designed to provide mentoring advice and guidance to early- and mid-career academics, and a Gender Lensing Masterclass aimed at equipping professional economists with the skills and insights to undertake a gender-sensitive evaluation of policy settings.

To deliver the Gender Lensing Masterclass, we were delighted to welcome two expert analysts in the field of taxation and policy evaluation: Associate Professor Janine Dixon (Centre for Policy Studies (CoPS), Victoria University) and Professor Miranda Stewart (Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Australian National University). Valuable insights on Australia’s history of gender budgeting and the application of gender budgeting in practice were also shared by Professor Helen Hodgson (Curtin University; National Foundation for Australian Women) and Rachel Livingston (Assistant Secretary, Office for Women, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet).

The Workshop Dinner was held at the State Library of Victoria’s newly-opened Isabella Fraser Room – named in honour of the Library’s first female librarian – where Professor Lisa Farrell (Deputy Head of the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing (Research and Innovation), RMIT University) delivered the dinner address.

For more information on the AGEW2019 program, visit the Program page.

Inspired by the workshop?

The Economic Society of Australia runs regular polls eminent economists from across Australia, known as the National Economic Panel, to crowdsource their opinions and gauge their level of consensus on a wide range of economic, policy, social and other issues.

In collaboration with the Women in Economics Network, the ESA is seeking ideas for a gender-related proposition that we can poll the panel on.

Click here to submit your idea for a National Economic Panel poll question on a gender-related issue



The Women in Economics Network is very grateful to the following organisations for their generous sponsorship and support of AGEW2019







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