Conference on Gender and Macroeconomics

March 23-24, 2017
IMF Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

The IMF will hold a conference on Gender and Macroeconomics on March 23-24, 2017 at the IMF Headquarters in Washington, DC. The conference will provide a forum for discussing innovative empirical and theoretical research on gender and macroeconomics and policy implications, with specific application to the challenges of low-income and developing countries. Ms. Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director, and Mr. Maurice Obstfeld, IMF Economic Counsellor and Director of Research, will deliver opening remarks on March 24 and on March 23, respectively. Topics will include female labor force participation, financial inclusion, trade diversification, firm performance, intra-household choices, public investment, and macroeconomic outcomes.

The conference is open to the public but registration is required.  The deadline for public registration is March 20, 2017.  


Thursday, March 23
8:00 - 9:00 am
9:00 - 9:15 am
Opening Remarks, Maurice Obstfeld, Economic Counsellor and Director of Research, IMF
9:15 - 10:20 am
Labor Force Participation

Rapporteur: Maria Floro, Professor of Economics, American University

  • Purva Khera: Macroeconomic Linkages between Gender Gaps in Formal Finance, Labor Force Participation and Quality of Employment: A Case Study on India.
  • Konstantin Wacker, Arusha Cooray, and Isis Gaddis: Globalization and Female Labor Force Participation in Developing Countries: An Empirical Re-Assessment.
  • Martina Metzger and Bilge Erten: Real Exchange Rates and FLFP.
    Paper | Presentation
10:20 - 10:30 am
10:30 am -12:00 pm
Financial Inclusion

Rapporteur: Mark Blackden, Independent Consultant, Gender and Development

  • Asli Demirguc-Kunt, Leora Klapper, and Dorothe Singer: Financial Inclusion and Legal Discrimination Against Women.
    Paper | Presentation
  • Thierry Babilla, Adele Ngo Billong, Martin Eloundou, and Sandra Kendo: Macro Implications of Female Entrepreneurs Facing Financial Frictions to Access to Credit: A DSGE Model Approach in Cameroon.
    Paper | Presentation
  • Aslan Goksu, Delechat, Corinne, Monique Newiak, and Fan Yang: Inequality in Financial Inclusion, Gender Gaps, and Income Inequality. 
  • Theresa Mannah-Blankson: Gender Asset Gap: Does Access to Microfinance Matter? 
12:00 - 1:00 pm
1:00 - 2:05 pm
Macro Policy and Outcomes

Rapporteur: Daria Zakharova, Advisor, IMF Strategy, Policy, and Review Department

  • Elissa Braunstein and Stephanie Seguino: Social Reproduction, Gender Inequality, and Economic Growth.
    Paper | Presentation
  • Sonali Jain-Chandra, Kalpana Kochhar, Monique Newiak, Yang Yang, and Edda Zoli: Determinants of Gender Inequality: The Role of Macroeconomic and Structural Policies, Infrastructure and Institutions.
  • Davide Romelli, Donato Masciandaro, and Paola Profeta: Gender and Monetary Policymaking: Trends, Drivers and Effects. 
2:05 - 2:15 pm
2:15 - 3:15 pm
Public Investment/Infrastructure

Rapporteur: Christine Dieterich, Deputy Division Chief, IMF African Department

  • Ipek Ilkkaracan, Kijong Kim, and Tolga Kaya: Investing in Social Care Infrastructure and Employment Generation: A Distributional Analysis of the Care Economy in Turkey.
  • Tamoya Christie: Gender Sensitive Fiscal Policy: A Framework for Public Investment in the Care Economy in Low Income Countries.
  • Flaubert Mbiekop and Alban Ahoure: Improving Gender Outcomes in the Course of Development: Revisiting the Role of Basic Infrastructure.
Friday, March 24
9:30 - 9:45 am
Opening Remarks, Ms. Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director
9:45 - 11:15 am
Trade/Diversification and Structural Change

Rapporteur: Chris Papageorgiou, Deputy Division Chief, IMF Research Department

  • Lucia Fry and Rachel Noble: Ensuring Economic Diversification Works for Women.
    Paper | Presentation
  • Krisztina Kis-Katos, Janneke Pieters, and Robert Sparrow: Globalization and Social Change: Gender-specific Effects of Trade Liberalization in Indonesia.
  • Karin Astrid Siegmann and Hadia Majid: Has Growth Been Good for Women’s Employment in Pakistan? 
    Paper | Presentation
  • Mary Borrowman and Stephan Klasen: Drivers of Gendered Sectoral and Occupational Segregation in Developing Countries.
11:15 - 11:30 am
11:30- 12:30 pm
Wage Gaps

Rapporteur: Paul McNelis, Robert Bendheim Professor of Economic & Financial Policy, Fordham University

  • Eva Jenkner and Carolina Correa Caro: Fiscal Policy and Gender: Gender-Specific Mandates and the Gender Wage Gap.
  • Grace Li, Prakash Loungani, and Jonathan Ostry: Inequality and Gender in China.
12:30 - 1:45 pm
1:45 - 3:00 pm
Intra-household Choices

Rapporteur: Eva Jenkner, Senior Economist, IMF Institute for Capacity Development

  • Luis San Vicente Portes, Vidya Atal, and Miriam Juarez Torres: Aggregate Effects of Women’s Empowerment.
  • Nikola Spatafora, Andrea Presbitero, and Giulia Bettin: Gender and the Allocation of Remittances.
  • Srinivas Raghavendra, Sinead Ashe, and Nata Duvvury: Estimating the Macroeconomic Loss of Violence Against Women Using the Social Accounting Framework: Viet Nam.
3:00 - 3:15 pm
3:15 - 4:30 pm
Firm Performance/Market Competition

Rapporteur: Andrea Presbitero, Economist, IMF Strategy, Policy, and Review Department

  • Mario Macis, Luca Flabbi, Andrea Moro, and Fabiano Schivardi: Do Female Executives Make a Difference? The Impact of Female Leadership on Gender Gaps and Firm Performance.
  • Steve Gui-Diby, Selsah Pasali, and Diana Rodriquez-Wong: What’s Gender Got to Do with Firm Productivity?
    Paper | Presentation
  • Ejaz Ghani, Arti Grover Goswami, Sari Kerr, and William Kerr: Will Market Competition Trump Gender Discrimination in India.
4:30 - 4:45 pm
4:45 - 6:30 pm

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