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Program on Gender Analysis in Economics

The Program on Gender Analysis in Economics (PGAE) investigates gender and its role in social reproduction, labor markets, finance, development, and centers the well-being of women and other under-represented groups.

As the first university in the US to offer a gender analysis program in economics, American University is on the forefront of a growing field.

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 and 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.

Program Overview

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

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.


Related Research

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

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

The Hewlett Foundation-funded Care Economy and Gender-Sensitive Macroeconomic Modeling for Policy Analysis 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. 

Countries' 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 project, lead by Professor Maria Floro and Dr. Beth King, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, 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.


Gender Seminar Series

Fall 2018

October 4: Sergio Urzua, University of Maryland
Title: "The Children of the Missed Pill: Unintended Consequences of Prive Collusion"
Kreeger 100, 4:00 PM

November 15: Eeshani Kandpal, World Bank
Title: "The Social Lives of Married Women: Peer Effects in Female Autonomy and Children's Food."
Kreeger 100, 4:00 PM

Spring 2018

January 25: Zoe McLaren, University of Michigan
Title: "Does Parents' Access to Family Planning Increase Children's Opportunities? Evidence from the War on Poverty and the Early Years of Title X"
Institute for Women's Policy Research, 10:30 AM

January 25: Mahmud Yesuf, American University
Title: "Gender and Perception of Climate Change in Ethiopia"
Mary Graydon Center 203-205, 3:00 PM, Reception to follow

January 29: Kelly Jones, IFPRI
Title: "Contraceptive Supply and Fertility Outcomes: Evidence from Ghana"
Kreeger 100, 3:30 PM

February 1: Tamar Khitarishvili, Levy Economics Institute of Bard College
Title: "Childcare Arrangements and Family Engagement with Children in the United States"
Kreeger 100, 10:30 AM

February 26: Dileni Gunewardena, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Title: "Gender Differences in Labor Market Returns to Schooling and Skills in Middle Income Countries"
Kreeger 100, 4:00 PM

March 29: Nancy Folbre, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Title: "The Care Penalty and the Power Premium: A Comparison of Jobs in Care Industries and Financial Services in the U.S."
Mary Graydon Center 203-205, 4:00 PM

April 18: Ana Maria Tribin-Uribe, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota
Title: "Unintended Consequences of Maternity Leave Legislation in Colombia"
Kreeger 100, 11:45 AM

May 3: Eduardo Lora, Center for International Development, Harvard University
"Female Unemployment in Colombia"
Mary Graydon Center 245, 12:00 PM

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 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."