AGEW2019 presentation slides (where available) will be shared here with permission from the author(s).

Please note that most of the workshop presentations are based on ‘working papers’ and are therefore subject to revision. This reflects the workshop’s aim to showcase the latest research in the field.

We thank the presenters for generously sharing their slides where possible, respecting that some papers are under review by journals for which the presentation slides cannot be publicly shared at this stage. Please contact the respective authors for any queries.


Keynote addresses

Women in economics: Stalled progress (video recording) (presentation slides)
Professor Shelly Lundberg (Leonard Broom Professor of Demography, University of California, Santa Barbara; Former Chair of AEA Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession).
Professor Lundberg’s keynote address was sponsored by the RMIT Global Business Innovation Enabling Capability Platform

Behavioural insights and gender equality: How can we make it easier to move from intention to action? (video recording)
Professor Iris Bohnet (Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, Academic Dean, 
and Co-Director of the Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Leading Thinker, VicHealth)
What Works: Gender Equality By Design YouTube Video
Gender Action Portal Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s ‘Women and Public Policy Program’
Professor Bohnet’s keynote address was made possible through WEN’s partnership with VicHealth and with the sponsorship of the Ian Potter Foundation


Policy Symposium

How can economics contribute to the pursuit of gender equity? (video recording)

  • Trish Bergin (First Assistant Secretary, Office for Women, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet)
  • The Hon. Dr Andrew Leigh MP (Shadow Assistant Treasurer; Federal Member for Fenner)
  • Lisa Annese (CEO, Diversity Council Australia)
  • Professor Helen Hodgson (Curtin University; National Foundation for Australian Women)
  • Dr Leonora Risse (Chair of Women in Economics Network Victorian Branch; RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow)

The AGEW2019 Policy Symposium was sponsored by the RMIT Social Change Enabling Capability Platform


Gender Lensing Masterclass

Gender budgeting: The role of civil society
Professor Helen Hodgson (Curtin University; National Foundation for Australian Women)

CGE modelling as a tool for gender lensing
Associate Professor Janine Dixon (Centre for Policy Studies (CoPS), Victoria University)

The gender-patterned effects of the tax and transfer system
Professor Miranda Stewart (Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Australian National University)

Gender analysis: Reflections on the experience of Australia and Canada
Rachel Livingston (Assistant Secretary, Office for Women, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet)


Dinner address

A practitioner’s guide to enhancing gender equity: SHE-Changers
Professor Lisa Farrell (Deputy Head of School (Research & Innovation), School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, RMIT University)


Workshop presentations
Note: Presenting author’s name is underlined

Gender, education and youth issues

Does the girl next door affect your academic outcomes and career choices?
Sofoklis Goulas, Rigissa Megalokonomou (University of Queensland) and Yi Zhang

Gender biases in the classroom: What’s happening in Victorian schools?
Olivia Brown and Kerry Green (Australian Education Union)

Gender crime convergence over twenty years
Tony Beatton (Life Course Centre, University of Queensland), Michael P. Kidd and Stephen Machin


Mothers and their children

Teenage mothers’ health over the life course
Guyonne Kalb (Melbourne Institute) and Ha Vu

Women’s transitions in the labour market around marriage and childbearing – The challenges of formal sector employment in Indonesia
Lisa Cameron and Diana Contreras Suárez (Melbourne Institute)

Can relaxing constraints on women reduce child deprivations? Framework, measurement, and evidence from India
Lucia Ferrone, Alberto Posso (RMIT University) and Stephen C. Smith


Gender differences and psychological behaviours

Gender differences in physician decisions to adopt new prescription drugs
Susan J. Méndez (Melbourne Institute), Anthony Scott and Yuting Zhang

Competing by default: A new way to break the glass ceiling
Nisvan Erkal (University of Melbourne), Lata Gangadharan and Erte Xiao

Gender and psychological pressure in competitive environments
Alison Booth and Patrick Nolen (University of Essex)


Gender differentials in the labour market (1)

The gender career gap: Skill-specific depreciation rates
Andrew Rendall and Michelle Rendall (Monash University)

What drives the gender wage gap? Examining the roles of sorting, productivity differences and discrimination
Isabelle Sin (Motu Economic and Public Policy Research), Steven Stillman and Richard Fabling

Are gender wage gaps different in size between domestic and foreign-owned firms? (Working Paper also available)
Iga Magda (Warsaw School of Economics) and Katarzyna Sałach


Valuation of care and non-market production

The other invisible hand: The omission of women’s household production in economics, and its impact on policy instruments. Lessons from Mexico and Norway
Maria Guadalupe Sandoval Guzman (Australian National University)

Are care workers undervalued? An analysis of wages in Australia’s growing aged care and disability service sectors
Georgie Scanlon (Monash University)

The care factor: Why we won’t close the gender pay gap until we recognise the value of care
Emma Dawson (Per Capita)


Gender, leadership and political representation

Gender and lawmaking in times of quotas: Evidence from the French Parliament
Quentin Lippmann (Paris School of Economics)
Awarded Best Paper by PhD Student

(Un)Willingness to lead? Men, women and the leadership gap
Ananish Chaudhuri, Yaxiong (Sherry) Li (University of Auckland) and Erwann Sbai

Upstream effects of female political reservations
Pushkar Maitra (Monash University) and Daniel Rosenblumyz


Gender differentials in the labour market (2)

Employment accessibility: A dis-aggregated gravity model approach
Longfeng Ye (RMIT University) and James Lennox

Teaching, gender and labour market incentives
David Carroll, Jaai Parasnis (Monash University) and Massimiliano Tani

Increasing workplace diversity: Evidence from a recruiting experiment at a Fortune 500 company
Jeffrey A. Flory, Andreas Leibbrandt (Griffith University), Christina Rott and Olga Stoddard

Employer bias and affirmative action
Anwesha Bandyopadhyay (Monash University), Lata Gangadharan, Philip J. Grossman, Carolyn Sutherland and Michelle Welsh


Analysing the impacts of maternity leave

The labor market effects of maternity leave extension
Cecilia Machado (Graduate School of Economics of Fundação Getúlio Vargas) and Valdemar Pinho Neto

Changes in maternity leave coverage: Implications for fertility, labour force participation and child mortality
Salma Ahmed (Deakin University)

Workplace entitlements and fertility in Australia
Jenny Luu (University of Wollongong)

Labor market effects of reducing the gender gap in parental leave entitlements (working paper also available)
Elena Del Rey, Maria Racionero (Australian National University) and Jose I. Silva


Gender and the distribution of income, assets and consumption

A collective model of household consumption with full expenditure and time use (Working Paper also available)
Silvia Salazar (Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre)

SNAP and food consumption among the elderly: A collective household approach with homescan data
Xirong Lin (Boston College)

The economic consequences of extending property division rights to cohabitants
Abraham Chigavazira, Hayley Fisher (University of Sydney), Tim Robinson and Anna Zhu

Gender and land in Mexico
Matthew Klein (University of Wisconsin–Madison) and Travis McArthur


Gender, tax and economic growth policy

The role of gender equality in an inclusive growth strategy
Ruth Badru (University of East Anglia)

A CGE framework for evaluating gender impacts in employment for policy makers: The case of company tax cuts in Australia
Janine Dixon (Centre of Policy Studies, Victoria University)

Trends in Effective Marginal Tax Rates (EMTRs) for Australian households: A distributional analysis
Ben Phillips (Centre for Social Research and Methods, Australian National University)


Gender, culture and social norms (1)

Gender bias within Chinese families: Who eats first in tough times?
Nancy Kong (University of Queensland) and Lars Osberg

Specialisation in same-sex and heterosexual households
Rhiannon Davies (University of Technology Sydney)

Gender differences in hammer prices for Australian Indigenous art
Lisa Farrell (RMIT University), Jane Fry and Tim R.L. Fry


Conflict and violence against women

Violence against women and life satisfaction: A case study from Australian Indigenous communities
Maneka Jayasinghe
(Charles Darwin University), Saroja Selvanathan and Eliyathamby A. Selvanathan

Truth be told: Underreporting of intimate partner violence in Rwanda and Nigeria
Claire Cullen (University of Oxford)
Awarded Honourable Mention for Best PhD Paper Award

The role of conflict in sex discrimination: The case of missing girls
Astghik Mavisakalyan (Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre) and Anna Minasyan


Gender inequalities and policy directions

Pay equity actions and outcomes: What works in Australian firms?
Rebecca Cassells (Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre) and Alan Duncan

Occupational and industrial gender segregation
Rebecca Colquhoun (Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business) and Gerard Lind

She’s Price(d)less: The economics of the gender wage gap
Lisa Annese (Diversity Council Australia)


Gender, culture and social norms (2)

Gender social norms and women’s decision to work: Evidence from Japan
Núria Rodríguez-Planas and Ryuichi Tanaka (University of Tokyo)

Independent thinking and hard working, or caring and well behaved? Short- and long-term impacts of gender identity norms
Núria Rodríguez-Planas, Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano (University of Alicante) and Anastasia Terskaya

Do men and women know what they want? Sex differences in online daters’ educational preferences
Stephen Whyte (Queensland University of Technology), Ho Fai Chan and Benno Torgler


Women’s empowerment

Impact of women empowerment on attitudes towards intimate partner violence
Mehwish Ghulam Ali (RMIT University)

Not compromising: Using experiments to measure women’s power
Vilas Gobin and Paulo Santos (Monash University)

Women’s empowerment and family health: Estimating LATE with mismeasured treatment
Rossella Calvi, Arthur Lewbel and Denni Tommasi (Monash University)


Student Posters

Do sex ratios impact gender differences in risk and altruistic decision-making
Martin Brumpton (Queensland University of Technology)

Do unconditional cash transfer programs enhance women empowerment? An analysis of a national cash transfer program in Pakistan
Asma Kashif (Macquarie University), Pundarik Mukhopadhaya and Chris Heaton

The gender pay gap within occupations in Australia
Isabelle Layton (Monash University)

Sex differences in fertility and parenting knowledge and their importance for child health outcomes
Aimee Pickens (Queensland University of Technology)

Awarded Best Student Poster

Gender norms in the family: The unintended consequences of women’s political inclusion in India
Aditi Roy (University of Adelaide)

Academic Career Development Session

Presentation slides and resources from the Academic Career Development Session are available on the WEN Professional Development webpage.


Thankyou once again to all of our event sponsors and partners for making it possible to bring together this collection of research and policy insights:



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