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Gender Analysis in Economics at American University

AU's Program on Gender Analysis in Economics (PGAE) is an academic program offering an integrated perspective on gender in economics through courses, degree tracks, and research opportunities.

Graduate Certificate on Gender Analysis in Economics

MA in Economics

PhD in Economics

Students in each of these three options study together in two common core courses - Gender Perspectives on Economics: Microeconomics and Gender Perspectives on Economics: Macroeconomics.

Additionally, PhD students in the PGAE program have the opportunity to serve as RAs for the Gender-Aware Macroeconomic Modelling (GAM) research team, which consists of 30 researchers from around the world.

PGAE PhD students Mungsuvd Terbish, Phanwin Yokying, and Caryn Bruyere presenting at the International Association for Time Use Research conference in Ankara, Turkey, 2015.

The PGAE differs from other gender-related graduate programs with its gender-focused yet economics based program:

  • The program emphasizes conceptual, modeling, and empirical skills widely used in economic analysis.
  • It develops an integrated gender perspective in economic analysis rather than treating gender as a discrete subtopic in other economics fields such as labor or development.
  • The program has a global perspective, incorporating literature on Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Post-Socialist world as well as OECD countries.
  • The Program's location in Washington, DC provides unique opportunities for internships and part-time work leading to full-time employment and careers with public and private institutions in the Washington area and beyond.
  • The PGAE prepares students for a career combining economics skills with gender analysis. Employers of PGAE graduates include government agencies in the US and other countries, congressional committees, think tanks, international and multi-lateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, consulting firms, and financial institutions.

Gender-Aware Macroeconomic Modelling

Reunion of PGAE faculty, students, and alumni at the International Association for Feminist Economics, Seoul, South Korea 2017.

The Care Economy and Gender-Aware Macroeconomic Modeling for Policy Analysis

The Hewlett Foundation-funded Care Economy and Gender-Sensitive Macroeconomic Modeling for Policy Analysis (GAM) Project works to better understand, capture, and model women and men’s role and time in care provisioning (for children, the sick and disabled, and the elderly) in order to promote gender-sensitive economic and social policies that foster inclusive growth and gender equality. Country efforts to reduce inequality in economic outcomes, promote sustainable development, and plan for demographic shifts are undermined by ignoring the paid and unpaid care sectors in macroeconomic models and policy design. The GAM project addresses this knowledge gap by producing new research that incorporates the care economy and gender-disaggregated activities explicitly into macroeconomic modelling, which can deepen policy analyses and sharpen their impact. Care-focused macromodels, care economy accounting, and policy simulations will show the feasibility and importance of integrating paid and unpaid care sectors into macroeconomic policy design and analyses.

Barbara Bergmann.

The Fred & Barbara Bergmann Fellowship Fund

The Fred and Barbara Bergmann Fellowship Fund for gender research in economics at AU honors Dr. Bergmann's pioneering and transformative work in the field. The fund provides financial support for a doctoral student conducting research on gender economics.

Please support the fund by donating at the AU Giving Website by entering "Bergmann Fellowship Fund" in the space for "If you choose to support a fund not listed above, please specify here."

Gender Seminar Series

Fall 2017

All seminars take place on Thursdays at 4:00 PM unless otherwise specified.

September 21: Jessica Leight, American University
Title: "Community Health Educators and Maternal Health: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial"
Mary Graydon Center Room 247

October 26: Joo Yeoun Suh, Institute for Women's Policy Research
Title: "Universal Childcare Voucher Programs in South Korea: Mothers' Time Allocation"
Mary Graydon Center Room 247

November 16: Heidi Hartmann and Jeff Hayes, Institute for Women's Policy Research
Title: Paid Parental Leave in the US: Access, Usage, and Benefits"
Kreeger Hall 100

December 7: Adrianna Gonzalez, Universidad de los Andes
Title: "Protecting Your Offspring: An Analysis of Fertility Decisions in High Violence Areas"
Location TBD