Welcome to AGEW2019

13-15 February 2019
Melbourne, Australia

Detailed program now available (click here)

Registrations for AGEW2019 have reached capacity and have now closed


The Women in Economics Network (WEN), in partnership with RMIT University, is 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 offer 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 are very excited to be welcoming 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 will feature a Policy Symposium on the topic “How can economics contribute to the pursuit of gender equity?” where we will be welcoming an 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) – to discuss how the economics evidence base can inform policy directions and drive action for change.

AGEW2019’s Professional Development program will comprises 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 are delighted to welcome two expert analysts in the field of taxation and policy evaluation: Dr Janine Dixon (Centre for Policy Studies (CoPS), Victoria University) and Professor Miranda Stewart (Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Australian National University). Further insights on Australia’s history of gender budgeting and the current government’s future initiatives  will also be offered by Timothy Watson (Director, Women’s Economic Security, Office for Women, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet) and Professor Helen Hodgson (Curtin University; National Foundation for Australian Women).

The Workshop Dinner will be 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) will deliver the dinner address.

Call for papers for AGEW2019 closed on 31 August 2018 and all authors who made a submission have now been notified of the Selection Committee’s decision. For more information, visit the Program page.

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Inspired by the workshop?

The Economic Society of Australia runs regular polls of 50+ eminent economists from across Australia (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 ESA Women in Economics Network, we are seeking your 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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