Rare Voices in Economics Conference

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The conference aims to provide a space where selected high-quality research presentations will be met with a challenging and benevolent audience. We encourage applications from all fields of economics from PhD students in their third year or later or Postdocs, particularly from under-represented groups*. The conference is open to students of all genders and financial support may be available upon request. 

We are happy to have Prof. Emmanuelle Auriol and Prof. Estefania Santacreu-Vasut as keynote speakers. In addition, Prof. Heidi Mirza will join us as a panelist.

The conference will be followed by two events: a public roundtable about how to make economics departments more inclusive and an interdisciplinary panel discussion on the striking persistence of the gender gap in economics. More details will follow. 

*Under-represented groups include, but are not limited to, women, people of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, disabled individuals, people with mental health conditions, first-generation students, religious minorities, (…) - we perceive you as a member of an under-represented group when YOU perceive yourself as such. No matter what others say. It matters what you feel. Your identity, your reality.

The conference will take place at the University of Geneva (day 1) and the Graduate Institute Geneva (day 2) with individual presentation slots and poster sessions. Paper presentations will be clustered according to their topical focus. At the end of each day, there will be an event where we talk about issues and remedies related to the gender gap in economics. There will be a conference dinner on the first evening. More details will follow. 

The Organizers: Alice Antunes (U Lausanne), Federica Braccioli (U Geneva), Laura Nowzohour (Graduate Institute).

The Program Committee: Richard Baldwin (Graduate Institute), Kenza Benhima (U Lausanne), Julien Xavier Daubanes (U Geneva), Giacomo De Giorgi (U Geneva), Jaya Krishnakumar (U Geneva), Ugo Panizza (Graduate Institute), Michele Pellizzari (U Geneva), Cédric Tille (Graduate Institute), Lore Vandewalle (Graduate Institute), Martina Viarengo (Graduate Institute).

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Some background: 

This conference grew organically out of our learnings from last year’s monthly workshops in which we combined reading the literature on gender gaps in the economics professions (check out our blog and reading lists) with women in the profession sharing their experiences. Specifically, we learned that departments can make a difference in closing the gender gap by: (i) having a more equal gender balance among faculty, (ii) facilitating faculty/student interactions, (iii) having a supportive and collegial seminar culture and (iv) having senior professors who are aware of gender biases, especially men. In addition, the conversation around gender biases needs to take account of the heterogeneity in experience of women at different intersections of gender with other identity layers such as sex, race, class, caste, religion, disability, physical appearance, (...), where the degree of under-representation often rises to the extent that their stories rarely get told, thereby further exacerbating an outsider status. The conference has the primary purpose of giving a stage to “rare voices” in economics and promoting an inclusive conversation on reasons and remedies for the striking persistence of the gender gap. 

Women in Econ Léman is a joint initiative by PhD students at the Graduate Institute, the University of Geneva, the University of Lausanne and EPFL with the aim to facilitate a broad conversation of how systemic gender biases affect us as a community of researchers and what we can do about it. During the first year, we organized monthly workshops in which we combined reading the literature on gender gaps in the economics professions (check out our blog and reading lists) with women in the profession sharing their experiences. This year, we aim to transform our learnings into tangible action to which this conference is meant to be a starting point. We wish to foster a discussion among the various members of our community on how we can best address the existing biases against women from various backgrounds in our circles.

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