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Program on Gender Analysis in Economics (PGAE)

The Department of Economics at American University in Washington DC is the first US University to offer a Program on Gender Analysis in Economics (PGAE). The Program consists of three parts:

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

News & Activities

Spring 2016 Gender Seminar Series

Fall 2015 Gender Seminar Series

Past Events: "How Can Entrepreneurship Empower Poor Women?" - panel discussion with Vital Voices Global Partnership

Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate on Gender Analysis in Economics is a one-year course of study focused on the application of gender analysis to different fields of economic analysis, including microeconomics, macroeconomics, labor economics, public finance, development, and international trade and investment. The certificate is targeted at professional economists, researchers, consultants, advocates and government officials who have an MA degree in Economics, or an equivalent degree or coursework, from developed, transition and developing countries.


Gender Analysis Track in Master’s program

Students who are interested in the MA Degree in Economics can take the Gender Analysis in Economics track in the MA in Economics, which involves 9 credit hours of core gender-related courses in economics and in feminist theory, 12 hours of economics core courses, and 15 additional credit hours of approved course electives.


Gender Analysis Field in PhD program

Gender Analysis in Economics is one of the applied fields a doctoral student in the PhD program can choose. Depending on their background, students may apply to the PhD program directly after completing either a BA or MA degree. If a student who has already completed either the Graduate Certificate on Gender Analysis in Economics or the Gender Analysis in Economics track in the MA in Economics is accepted into the PhD program, up to 36 credit hours can be counted toward the PhD.


SPOTLIGHT: Three PhD Students Present at International Association of Time Use Research Conference in Turkey

Read more about Phanwin Yokying, Caryn Bruyere, and Mungunsuvd Terbish here, or see the full conference program.


PGAE Courses

The PGAE consists of two core courses. Econ 574 introduces students to the rich body of research on gender-aware analyses in microeconomics, labor, poverty, and social policy. Econ 575 focuses on gender-aware analyses in macroeconomics, public finance, and international economics and finance. Both courses use formal analytical models, econometric methods, case histories and ethnographic research to enhance understanding of the gender dimensions of economic analysis.


PGAE Features

The PGAE differs from other gender-related graduate programs by presenting a gender-focused yet economics-based curriculum. It has three distinct features:

  • It emphasizes conceptual, modeling, and empirical skills widely used in economic analysis. 
  • It develops a gender perspective on economic analysis in contrast to the traditional approach of treating gender as one discrete sub-topic within another economics field, such as labor or development. 
  • By drawing on literature from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the post-socialist world, as well as OECD countries, it enlarges the scope of analysis to be global and comparative.

The PGAE provides students with thorough preparation for careers with employers needing well-trained professionals who combine economics skills with gender analysis. Potential employers include government agencies in the US and other countries, Congressional committees, think tanks, interna­tional and multilateral organizations, non-government­al organizations, consulting firms, and financial institutions. The program’s location in Washington, D.C., also provides unique opportunities. Many students in the program find internships or part-time jobs that lead to full-time employment and careers with public and private institutions in the Washington area and beyond.

The PGAE is overseen by the Economic Department’s Gender Working Group, composed of faculty and alumni with expertise in development, labor, monetary policy, and macro and microeconomics. 

For further information and application procedures, please contact Professor John Willoughby (, 202-885-3759), director of the PGAE. Professors Mieke Meurs and Maria Floro are also heavily involved with the program.

Below: PGAE reception during the 2011 Southern Economics Association Meetings in Washington DC. L-R: Maria Floro, Jennifer Ward-Batts, Barbara Bergmann, Zehra Aftab and Susan Fleck (photo courtesy of Marit Widman).

PGAE party 2012

Announcing the Fred and Barbara Bergmann Fellowship Fund

To honor her as a distinguished professor emerita, the department created the Fred and Barbara Bergmann Fellowship Fund for gender research in economics at American University. Dr. Bergmann's pioneering work in the study of gender economics helped develop and transform the field. The Fund will provide academic financial support for a doctoral student who will conduct research on gender economics. We hope you will honor Dr. Bergmann's contributions to the field with a gift to the Fund.

Please make a donation to support young feminist economists in Fred & Barbara's honor. You can donate directly through the AU giving website by clicking on line 4 ("Other Fund") and entering "Bergmann Fellowship Fund" with the amount of your donation. You may also donate by check, made out to "American University," with "Bergmann Fellowship Fund" in the memo field. Checks may be mailed to American University Office of Development, P.O. Box 96609, Washington, DC 20090-6609.

For further information about the Program on Gender Analysis in Economics (PGAE), please contact or 202-885-3770. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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In Her Name: Measuring the Gender Asset Gap in Ecuador, Ghana, and India is a collaborative research study of the Centre of Public Policy (CPP) at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), University of Ghana, American University, Yale University, University of Florida and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Ecuador. 

Housed at IIMB, this study looks at the incidence of asset ownership of men and women separately within the same household to estimate the gender asset gap and the gender wealth gap. 

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LLM in International Legal Studies – Specialization in Gender and International Law
(Washington College of Law)