With roughly 4,000 personal and institutional members, the Verein für Socialpolitik is one of the largest professional economics associations in Europe. Members hail from all over the world; more than 2,000 are young academic scholars, and 1,200 are university professors from over 20 different countries, primarily from the German-speaking countries- Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Due to growing concerns about COVID-19, VfS Annual Conference will cancel its physical conference at the University of Cologne, instead shifting to a fully virtual conference.
The conference will still take place between 27-30 September, as these are the dates people have allocated to attend the conference. We expect most participants will still commit their time during this window to participate in the conference, and have discussions with fellow researchers around the world. The registration fee will be substantially reduced to 80€/40€ for VfS members and 137€/72€ for new members.
The Annual Conference of the Verein für Socialpolitik consists of a core conference with invited lectures concerning “Gender Economics” and of an Open Meeting with mixed topics. Presentations and Organised Sessions for the Open Meeting may be submitted from all fields of economics.
***Open Meeting: Call for Papers on all economic topics. Full paper submission deadline: 1 March 2020!***
Core Conference 2020
Gender differences are pervasive across all economic contexts. Wages and career paths differ strongly between men and women. Their choices and preferences differ, too. A large set of recent studies has set out to explore the causes and consequences of such gender differences. What is the effect of institutions such as tax regimes and childcare facilities on the labor market outcomes of men and women? What roles do social norms and gender stereotypes play? How do choices and outcomes within the household interact with choices and outcomes in the market? What policies are effective in enhancing the professional success of women?
Three keynotes by leading international scholars will provide insights into these questions and give an overview of current research. Raquel Fernandez (New York University) will present a macroeconomic perspective on gender issues, including cultural effects and gender norms. Muriel Niederle (Stanford University) is an expert on behavioral causes of gender differences and will analyze how institutional settings can moderate their effects. Manuel Bagues (Warwick) will discuss a body of work on the consequences of gender quotas for economic outcomes. A panel discussion with politicians, entrepreneurs, and researchers will ask what measures are effective in achieving gender equality.
University of Cologne and VfS
50923 Köln , Germany