New Working Group on Gender in the Economy Launched
The NBER has launched a Working Group on Gender in the Economy to provide a venue for research on the role of women in the economies of both developed and developing nations. The Working Group will take a broad approach to analyzing gender-related disparities in economic outcomes, and in studying how limited access to education, labor market opportunities, and formal financial services, along with disempowering social norms and gender-biased laws and institutions, can create them. Research Associates Jessica Goldberg of the University of Maryland, Claudia Goldin of Harvard University, and Claudia Olivetti of Dartmouth College will serve as the inaugural codirectors.
The Working Group will draw together researchers from many subfields of economics who share a common focus on economic issues that are gender related. It will build on a recent NBER initiative, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, that highlighted new research on topics such as women's role in caregiving and the economic and other determinants of domestic violence.