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Program on Gender Analysis in Economics

The Program on Gender Analysis in Economics (PGAE) at the Department of Economics is the first program in the United States with a formal graduate program that emphasizes both theoretical and empirical economics training in gender analysis. The PGAE was launched in 2008, led by Professors Maria Floro and Caren Grown as its first two co-directors, who foresaw the need for newly trained economists with requisite skills and rigorous training in the gender analysis of social and economic issues. The work of the PGAE is based on the premise that the advancement of women's rights, gender, equality, and women's empowerment requires informed social and economic policy analysis. PGAE projects aim to investigate gender and its role in social reproduction, labor markets, finance, development, and centers the well-being of women and other under-represented groups. Today, the PGAE is a leader in producing well-trained policy analysts and scholars, who contribute towards promoting the greater empowerment of women world-wide through economic analysis that supports appropriate social and economic policy.

PGAE PhD students Mungsuvd Terbish, Phanwin Yokying, and Caryn Bruyere presenting at conference in Ankara, Turkey, 2015.

Program Overview

AU's Program on Gender Analysis in Economics (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.


Degrees Offered

Students in either the MA or PhD program can do a track in Gender Analysis. Students who already have at least an MA in Economics can apply to do a Certificate in Gender Analysis in Economics.

Students in each of these three options study together in two common core courses:

  • Gender Perspectives on Economics: Microeconomics
  • Gender Perspectives on Economics: Macroeconomics.

Additionally, PhD students in the PGAE program have the opportunity to serve as RAs for the Care Economy and Gender-Sensitive Macroeconomic Modeling for Policy Analysis Project research team, which consists of 30 researchers from around the world.


Upcoming Events

April 25: Gender Seminar Series

Dr. Elissa Braunstein, professor of economics at Colorado State University

4:00-5:00 in Kreeger 100

Related Projects

2018 Pathways to Gender Equality Conference Economic Gender Analysis Addressing Current and Future Challenges

November 2-3, 2018

Visit the Pathways to Gender Equality site or follow @AU_PGAE on Twitter to learn more!

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

The Hewlett Foundation-funded Care Work and the Economy 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.

Partnerships to Develop Gender Analysis in Economics Curricula and Programs

With generous support from the Open Society Foundation, the PGAE has partnered with faculty from University of Peredeniya in Sri Lanka and a number of other universities in Asia and Latin America to develop curricula for teaching gender analysis in economics in a developing country context. With our partner institutions, we are working to ensure a supply of well-trained analysts to assist policy makers and advocacy groups in promoting gender equity worldwide.

Visiting Scholars

Lekha S. Chakraborty is Associate Professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), an autonomous research institute of the Ministry of Finance of India; and an affiliated Research Associate with the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, New York. She was the pioneer economist who worked with the Chief Economic Advisor for institutionalising Gender Budgeting in India.She is the author of Fiscal Consolidation, Budget deficits and Macroeceonomy (Sage, 2016) and a co-author of Social Sector in Decentralised Economy: India in the Era of Globalisation (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Previously, Lekha has worked for the World Bank, the IMF, UN Women, and the Commonwealth Secretariat. She has taught as a Visiting Professor at Carleton University (Canada), Uppsala University (Sweden) and University of Utah.


As a PGAE Visiting Scholar, Lekha is advancing her empirical research investigating the integration of gender perspectives into fiscal and public policy making and is a featured speaker of the Spring 2019 Gender Seminar Series in AU. 


Otgontugs Banzragch (Otgo) is the Dean of Graduate School and Professor of Economics at the National University of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She has a Ph.D. in Education and Economics from Colombia University and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on development economics, education inequality, and rural development. She is a member of the Monetary Policy Board of the Central Bank of Mongolia; and a member of the Research Council for Social Science with the Ministry of Education and Science in Mongolia. Previously, she collaborated with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) on the project Mobilizing Revenues from Extractive Industries: Protecting and Promoting Children’s Rights and Well-Being in Resource-Rich Countries, as part of the research team for Mongolia.

As a Visiting Scholar, Otgo developed the curriculum for a course Gender Analysis in Economics, to be offered as part of the masters program for Economics at the National University of Mongolia. She also began a project that aims to translate a textbook on the importance of gender analysis in economics into Mongolian language. Currently, Otgo is working on a joint research project with Professor Mieke Meurs and Amarjargal Amartuvshin (PGAE Visiting Scholar 2013) on bargaining in herding households.


Samanmala Dorabawila is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. She has a Ph.D. in Economics from Clark University. Her research includes analyses of Sri Lankan’s labor market, care work, health economics, and development economics.

As a PGAE Visiting Scholar, Samanmala worked to develop curricula course on Gender Analysis in Macroeconomics and Gender Analysis in Microeconomics to be offered for students enrolled in Masters in Economics (MA)/M.Phil in Economics/Masters in Applied Economics and Masters in Development Practice, through the Post Graduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (PGIHS) at the University of Peradeniya.

Yady Marcela Barrero Amórtegui has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of La Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia; and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Antioquia in Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia. She has authored multiple research papers analyzing Colombia’s agricultural structures, including her doctoral research focusing on gender analysis and the sustainable use of natural resources.

As a PGAE Visiting Scholar, Yady developed a course curriculum on Gender Roles in the Economy, to be presented to the Department of Economics at the University of Antioquia in Medellín, where she will be joining as a Professor of Economics.

Nata Duvvury is Senior Lecturer and Co-Director at the Center for Global Women’s Studies and Leader of Gender and Public Policy Cluster in the Whitaker Institute at National University of Ireland, Galway. Dr. Nata Duvvury is an international development expert with more than 25 years of experience in gender, development and empowerment. Her work includes research and advocacy on gender based violence, women’s property rights and HIV and AIDS in a variety of settings including conflict and post-conflict contexts.  

Nata Duvvury visited as a PGAE Fulbright Scholar in 2014 to work on empirical measures of violence against women. Currently, Nata Duvvury is Principal Investigator of a 3-year project examining the economic and social costs of Violence against women and girls (VAWG) that involves surveys and interviews in Sudan, Pakistan and Ghana. Also serving on the Technical Advisory Group of the project is PGAE founding co-director Maria Floro.

Margarita Khegai is a Professor of Economics at the Tajikistan Russian-Tajik Slavic University.

Maigul was a PGAE Visiting Scholar from the Tajikistan Russian-Tajik Slavic University from 2011 – 2012, supported by the Core Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program. As a Visiting Scholar, Margarita investigated gender issues in Tajikistan’s labor market focusing on state policies, legal framework, civil society and traditions.


Dileni Gunewardena is Professor of Economics at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and has a Ph.D. in economics is from American University. Her research includes empirical analyses of poverty, child nutrition, and gender and ethnic wage inequality. She is the author of a book on Poverty Measurement, several chapters in books, and numerous journal articles. She contributed to Sri Lanka’s first poverty assessment as a consultant with the World Bank’s Development Economics Research Group in the 1990s and has taught in the World Bank Institute’s South Asia Region Workshops.

As a PGAE Visiting Scholar, Dileni produced a research paper, along with co-authors Elizabeth King (The Brookings Institution) and Alexandra Valerio (World Bank), on the gender differences in labor market returns to schooling and skills in middle income countries. Currently, she is also leading the efforts in establishing a Gender Analysis in Economics program at the Post Graduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (PGIHS) of the University of Peradeniya.


Ana María Tribín-Uribe is a Researcher at the Central Bank of Colombia – Banco de la Republica. She has a Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University and a Master’s Degree in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia). Her research focuses on gender economics, development economics, development, political economy, labor economics and behavioral economics. She is the author of several studies related to gender and economics, including her research examining the impact of Colombia’s maternity leave policy on female labor force participation.

As a PGAE Visiting Scholar, Ana María advanced her historical book project on women in Colombia and continues to work with Professors Maria Floro and Mieke Meurs in undertaking a project that aims to develop priority areas for lawmakers in developing public policies. Recently, Ana María was appointed the President’s High Commissioner for Women’s Equality in Colombia.

Amartuvshin Amarjargal is a Professor at the University of the Humanities. She received her PhD in Economics from Kobe University and conducted part of her postdoctoral research as a PGAE Visiting Scholar, supported by the Open Society Institute Global Development Scholar Program.

Amartuvshin returned as a PGAE Visiting Scholar in the Summer of 2016, after which she published an article—along with Otgontugs Banzragch and Mieke Meurs—examining the extent and type of herders' engagement with markets for livestock and livestock products, and factors associated with higher earnings from livestock.

Maigul Nugmanova is a Lecturer of Economics at the Kazakh National Agrarian University and the Head of International Office - Kazakh Ablai Khan University of International Relations and World Languages

Maigul Nugmanova was a PGAE Visiting Scholar from the Kazakhstan National Agrarian University from 2012 – 2013, supported by the Core Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program. Her work focused on the interactions between gender equality and human-centered sustainable development in Kazakhstan. Following her visit, Professor Maria Floro visited the Kazakh National Agrarian University as a visiting Professor during the summer of 2013.

Marit Widman, currently at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, completed her dissertation on gender and land rights as a visiting PhD student with the Program on Gender Analysis in Economics (PGAE). She received her PhD in Economics from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 2015.

Gender Seminar Series

Spring 2019

March 5: Dr. Alex Eble, Assistant Professor of Economics & Education, Teachers College of Columbia University - "The sins of the parents: Persistence of gender bias across generations and the gender gap in math performance"; Tuesday, March 5, 4:00 - 5:00 pm in Kreeger 100

April 2: Dr. Hans Lofgren, senior economist at the World Bank (co-sponsored with Department of Economics Research Seminars); Tuesday April 2, 11:45-1:00 PM in Kreeger 100

April 25: Dr. Elissa Braunstein, professor of economics at Colorado State University; Thursday April 25, 4-5 PM in Kreeger 100

Fred & Barbara Bergmann Fellowship Fund

Barbara Bergmann

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