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.
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.
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 Professor Maria S. Floro (firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-885-3139), or Professor John Willoughby (email@example.com, 202-885-3759), co-directors of the PGAE. Professor Mieke Meurs is 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).