Tentative Conference Program

November 2-3, 2018

Grossman Conference Hall
Washington College of Law
American University
4300 Nebraska Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

*Please note that this is a tentative schedule; all times and dates are subject to change.

Friday November 2

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Founder's Lobby
9:00 - 9:30 AM

Welcome Remarks

Claudio Grossman Hall
9:30 - 10:30 AM

Opening Plenary:Diversifying the Discipline of Economics

Claudio Grossman Hall


Bina Agarwal, University of Manchester
Lee Badget, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Maria S. Floro, American University
Nancy Folbre, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Janet Yellen, The Brookings Institution
Cecilia Conrad, MacArthur Foundation
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

concurrent sessions 1

Locations: TBD

1.1 Gender and Precarity

Gender and Precarious Work in the United States
Randy Albelda, University of Massachusetts Boston
Aimee Bell-Pash, University of Massachusetts Boston
Working Harder or Finding it Harder to Work: Demographic trends in annual work hours show an increasingly fractured workforce
Valerie Wilson, Economic Policy Institute
Welfare Reform and Precarious Family Lives: How the Democrats went wrong in 1996 - and continue to pay for their mistake
Felicia Kornbluh, University of Vermont


Gender and Work Schedule Instability in Europe and the United States
Elaine McCrate, University of Vermont

1.2 Gender Analysis in Agricultural Development

Development and Implementation of Women's Empowerment in Agricultural Index for Value Chains
Greg Seymour, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Hazel Malapit, IFPRI
Gender Differences in Occupational Choice: A framework field experiment from Ghana
Isabel Lambrecht, IFPRI
Berber Kramer, IFPRI
Self-Esteem and Economic Outcomes in the Household: Evidence from Farmer Couples in Cote d'Ivoire
Aletheia Donald, World Bank
Ioana Botea, World Bank
Lea Rouanet, World Bank
Women’s Economic Empowerment in Agricultural Programming: Reanalysis of evaluation data from Haiti and Mali
Emma Fawcett, Oxfam America
Stephan Lefebvre 

1.3 Violence Against Women

How can community-university engagement can address family violence prevention?
Linda De Riviere, University of Winnipeg
Methods Matters: Differential Reporting of Intimate Partner and Gender-Based Violence by Survey Method, and Potential for bias in treatment effect estimates
Claire Cullen, University of Oxford


Violence against Women in Indian Urban Public Spaces
Ritwika Biswas, Temple University
Does Money protect women from violence? Individual and Community level effects of women's employment in marital abuse in India
Shilpa Redd, University of Maryland, College Park
Reeve Vanneman, University of Maryland, College Park

1.4 Roundtable | Challenges & Opportunities for Closing Women's Wealth Gap 

The Asset Funders Network, in collaboration with the Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap, will highlight new findings on the impacts of gender wealth gap on women throughout their life cycle along with recommend strategies for policy advocates, practitioners and funders involved in supporting women in build assets.
William (Sandy) Darity Jr., University of Duke
Amy Castro Baker, University of Pennsylvania
Jhumpa Battacharya, Insight Institute for Community Development
Mariko Chang, PhD

1.5 Roundtable | This Is Not Your Father's Union

This Roundtable aims to address the ways in which gender analysis has been used to inform union organizing to improve working conditions for all women. Dicussions include efforts by the CGT in coordination with the Center for Women’s Rights (CDM) and the Solidarity Center to develop an intensive women workers’ leadership course, analyzing gender, women’s role in the global economy, and key leadership and negotiation skills.  
Lisa McGowan, Solidarity Center
Emily Williams, Solidarity Center
Maria Elena Sabillon, Solidarity Center
Sarah Gammage, International Center for Research on Women
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch Break


1:00 - 2:30 PM

concurrent sessions 2

Locations: TBD

2.1 Discrimination in Professions

The Middle of the Pack? Age, Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Last 40 Years of Biomedical Authorship
Allison Nunez, University at Albany, SUNY
Hidden Figures: The (in)Visibility of Women Economists in Italian Economic Journals from 1930 to 1970
Giulia Zacchia, Sapienza University of Rome
(De)Coding Gender: The Rise of Programming-Intensive and the Stalled Gender Revolution
Siwei Cheng, New York University
Where Have All the Women Gone? Occupational Choice Among Women Leaving Computer Science
Kristin Smith, Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH;
Sharon Sassler, Cornell University
Katherine Michelmore, Syracuse University
Examining Experiences of Inequality in Careers of Underrepresented Minority Women in Sociology and Economics
Roberta Spalter-Roth, American Sociological Association
Amber Kalb, George Mason University

2.2 Gender Pay Gap: International

Informal employment and decompostion of gender wage Gap in Turkish Manufacturing
Gulay Toksoz, Ankara University
Emel Memis, Ankara University
Gender Disparities in Employment and Earnings in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Swaziland
Zuzana Brixiova, University of Cape Town
Gender Streaming in Vietnam
Elizaveta Perova, The World Bank
International Sex Discrimination Policies in Australia-barriers and the enablers
Yolanda Vega, Swinburne University
Bernadine Van Gramberg, Swinburne University

2.3 Family Economic Insecurity

Unconditional Cash Transfer and Intra-Household Decision making in rural Nigeria
Mehrab Bin Bakhtiar, University of Maryland, College Park
Are Female-headed households more food insecure: the tale of Senegal
Muhammad Abdullah Ali Malik, American University
How Homeless Shelters can Address Economic Drivers of Homelessness for Female-Headed Families
Morgan Richards, Women in Need (WIN), Inc. 
Kathleen Agaton, Women in Need (WIN), Inc. 
What Explains Gender Differences in Food Insecurity?
Nzinga Broussard, Millennium Challenge Corporation

2.4 Roundtable | Non-Traditional Occupations

This session highlights ways through which activism, advocacy and research can work alongside one another to break the concrete floor that blocks women's access and success in nontraditional jobs in the construction, manufacturing, and transportation sectors.
Vicki O'Leary, International Ironworkers Union Liliana Calderon, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
Leah Rambo, Sheet Metal Workers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund
Lauren Sugerman, National Center for Women's Equity in Apprenticeship and Employment


2.5 Roundtable | New York City Paid Care Division: A New Approach to Addressing Gender-Based Economic Inequality at the City Level

This session provides an overview of research on the history of paid care work, the organizing efforts of care workers, & insights from NYC's Paid Care Division in its 1st year. A discussion will follow on the strengths and limitations of this model as a strategy for reducing gender inequality in the labor market. 
Brittany Rawlinson, NYC Department of Consumer Affairs
Sanjay Pinto, Cornell University
Ai-Jen Poo, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Onika Shepherd, 1199SEIU
Allison Cook, Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute
2:30 - 3:30 PM

Poster Session


3:30 -5:00 PM

concurrent sessions 3

Locations: TBD

3.1 Gender & the Labor Market

Gendered Cultural Contexts Across US. Labor Markets and the Gender Wage Gap
William Scarborough, University of Illinois at Chicago
Gender Gap on Parenthood Gaps? The Contribution of the Gender Wage Gap (1986-2004)
Marta Murray Close, U.S. Census
Eunjing Jee, University of Massachusetts Amherst
More than schooling: Understanding gender differences in the labor market when measures of skill are available
Dileni Gunewardena, University of Peradeniya
Elizabeth King, The Brookings Institution
Alexandria Valerio, The World Bank
New evidence on board gender diversity from a large panel of European firms
Joanna Tyrowicz University of Warsaw
Siri Terjesen, American University

3.2 Access to Capital

Gender and Credit: Disparities Across Financial Products
Nathan Blascak, Federal Resere bank of Philadelphia
Anna Tranfaglia, Federal Resere bank of Philadelphia
Persistence of Gender: Women’s Empowerment, Wealth, and Community Norms in Rural India
Ieva Zumbyte, Brown University
Are female owned informal enterprises in India financially included
Prateeksha Maurya, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Pratap Chandra Mohany, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Gender, Shocks, and Assets: Evidence from Tigray, Ethiopia
Shirin Arslan, American University

3.3 Motherhood

Enhancing Gender Equality on Establishment Level: Do Organizational Family Friendly Arrangments support a faster re-entry after childbirth?
Corinna Frodermann, Institute for Employment Research (IAB Nuremberg)
Dana Muller, IAB Nuremberg
Ideal Leave policies in 32 Middle to High income countries
Sarah Kostecki, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Establishment Closures in Germany: The Motherhood Penalty at Job Search Durations
Dana Muller, IAB Nuremberg
Corinna Frodermann, IAB Nuremberg
The Global Gag Rule and Women’s Reproductive Health: New Econometric Estimates
Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, Rutgers University

3.4 Roundtable | Economic & Health Costs of Sexual Violence in the Military

The proliferation of sexual harassment and sexual assault has far-reaching implications. This roundtable discussion will address the economic, health, and social costs of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the military, both on the micro-and macro-levels.
Rachel Gaddes, Insight Policy Research
Rebecca Loya, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
Anne Sadler, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Andra Tharp, Air Force Integrated Resilience Office

3.5 Roundtable | The Future of Work is Care Work

This session aims to demonstrate how organizing care workers increases wages and benefits for an occupation that is primarily women of color and migrant women and historically excluded from decent wages and working conditions. Discussion will be centered around policy recommendations to address the persistent intersectional discrimination against paid domestic workers, which perpetuates a socioeconomically inferior position for them internationally and domestically.
Alexis de Simone, Solidarity Center
Antonia Pena, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Sarah Gammage, International Center for Research on Women
Leda M. Pérez, Universidad del Pacífico
5:00 PM

Light Reception

Saturday November 3

8:00 - 8:30AM


8:30 - 10:00 AM

concurrent sessions 4

Locations: TBD

4.1 Intersectionality & Inequality in Gendered Economic Outcomes

Analyzing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination for Federal Contractor and Non-Contractor Firms
M.V. Lee Badgett, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Women of Color and Unpaid Community Work
Nina Banks, Bucknell University
What Explains Gender Differences in Food Insecurity?
Nzinga Broussard, Millennium Challenge Corporation
Do School Counselors Exhibit Gender and Racial Bias in Recommending Students for Advanced Coursework?
Dania V. Francis, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

4.2 Policy Challenges

Unequal Laws and the Disempowerment of Women in the Labor
Silvia Muzi, World Bank
The impact of a state Domestic Worker Bill of Rights Policy on worker wages and hours: Evidence from New York
Carylon Arcand, University of New Hampshire

Impact of Intergovernmental fiscal transfers on Gender equality in India

Janet Stotsky, American University
Explaining Policy for Working Women in the US States: A Political Economy Analysis
Jonathan Rose, Oxfam America
Gender Equality and Economic Diversification
Romina Kazandijan, American University

4.3 Technology Adoptions and Households

Infrastructure, Technology and Gender Roles: Intra-Household Time Allocation In Rural Pakistan
Fareena Noor Malhi, American University
Women Empowerment and Technology Adoption: Cross-country evidence from Asia
Sonia Akter, National University of Singapore
Improving Women's Safety in Public Transport System: Utility of Smartphone Technology to Crowd-source Context-specific on Public Transit Users' Fear or Crime and Travel Experiences
Yasemin Irvin-Erickson, Urban Institute
Ammar Malik, Urban Institute
Aging into Poverty: Single Women, Wealth Gaps, and the Sandwich Generation
Amy Castro Baker, University of Pennsylvania
Stacia West, University of Pennsylvania
Folasade Famakinwa, University of Pennsylvania

4.4 Roundtable | Debt-Based Barriers Facing Illinois Families

This roundtable session focuses on the unique grassroots-led research effort that uncovered debt-based barriers to success that families with low-incomes face in Illinois. Discussion centers around how findings can generating policy change through organizing and advocacy efforts.
Gina Spitz, Loyola University Chicago
Christine George, Loyola University Chicago
Sujata K., Chicago Foundation for Women
Ellen Schumer, Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI)
Rosazlia Grillier, COFI

4.5 Roundtable | Job Discrimination Survey Bill

This session presents an overview of the history, challenges, and potential of Nevada’s Assembly Bill No. 423, as well as the prospects for promoting similar initiatives in other states. Discussion centers around ideas and strategies for overcoming partisan gridlock in facilitating gender-aware policy innovations.
Jan Jones Blackhurst, Caesars Entertainment;
Marybel Batjer, California Government Operations Agency
Rebecca Gill, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ana Ines Mendy, McKinsey & Company
10:00 - 11:30 AM


5.1 Workplace Discrimination, Gender Budgeting & Federal Spending
Diversity in the Technology Sector: Federal Agencies Could Improve Oversight of Equal Employment Opportunity Requirements
Kate Blumenreich, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Moon Parks, U.S. GAO
Is Diversity in Sillicon Valley Tech Possible, Now?
Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Joo-Hee Han, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Women in STEM Research: Better Data and Information Sharing Could Improve Oversight of Federal Grant-making and Title IX Compliance
Jessica Rider, U.S. GAO
Nora Boretti, U.S. GAO
Seeing Risk: Towards a Process Model of How Employers Learn to Perceive Risky Employees Sophie Jané, Case Western Reserve University
Is Early Age Marriage linked to Women Empowerment in EAG States of India
Pratap Chandra Mohany, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
Ayusmati Das, Jawaharlal Nehru university
Toward a better understanding of gender dynamics in intra-household decision making: new measurements and evidence from Rural Philippines
Hillary Johnson, World Bank Group
Elizaveta Perova, World Bank Group
Sundas Liaqat, World Bank Group
The Impact of Engaging Men on Women's Economic Empowerment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
Estelle Koussoube, World Bank
Julia Vaillant , World Bank
Different Laws, Different Impacts: separating the Effect of Two parental Involvement in Abortion Laws on Minors’ Risky Sexual Behavior
Pamela Meyerhofer, Cornell University

5.3 Gender Dynamics: From Households to Boardrooms

Costs of the Man Box: Social and economic costs of Harmful masculine Norms in the US, UK, and Mexico
Brian Heilman, Promundoglobal-US
Ruti Levtov, Promundoglobal-US
Institutional constraints on female business entry: A cross country study
Yulia Krylova, George Mason University
Pink Work: Same-Sex Marriage, Discrimination, and labor Supply
Dario Sansone, Georgetown University
Transforming gender dynamics in the household: Evidence from Rwanda’s Bandebereho fathers and couples intervention
Ruti Levtov, Promundoglobal-US
Banking on Gender Diversity: A Statistical Analysis of the Determinants of Diversity in Bank’s Boardrooms
Adam William Chalmers, Kings College London
Giulia Porino, Sapienza University of Rome

5.4 Roundtable | Janus, Gender, and the Attack on Women's Collective Action 

What are some ways in which current challenges to collective action threaten women workers? This session discusses the recent Supreme Court decisions in Murphy Oil and Janus, and the impact of these decisions on women’s economic security. Participants will discuss the policy reforms necessary to remedy gender inequality – including promoting collective bargaining. We also look at why the particular impact on women workers is often missing from discussion surrounding these challenges to collective action and unions and how to change this to ensure that women’s economic security is a key element of this debate.

Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute
Jennifer Abruzzo, Communications Workers of America
Amy Hanauer, Policy Matters Ohio
Karla Gilbride, Public Justice

5.5 Roundtable |  Families, Care, & the Future of Work: A Gender Lens on the Care Economy

As our economy changes, policymakers must build new protections that meet the needs of today's and tomorrow's workers. This Roundtable will explore the opportunities and challenges for innovative safeguards like paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, building caregiving infrastructure and prohibitions on abusive scheduling practices in the context of the rise of the gig economy.
Sherry Leiwant, A Better Balance
Josie Kalipeni, Caring Across Generations
Kristin Smith, Carsey School of Public Policy/University of New Hampshire
Kimberly Seals Allers, Journalist/Author
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

lunch Break


12:00 - 1:30 PM

Closing Plenary:Moving Forward: Immediate & Mid-term Policy Priorities

Claudio Grossman Hall
Kate Bahn, Center for Equitable Growth
Caren Grown, World Bank Group
Adriana Kugler, Georgetown University
John Schmidt, Economic Policy Institute
Heidi Hartmann, Institute for Women’s Policy Research