Research and Policy Workshop Sessions for Gender-Sensitive Learnings

The Gender and Growth Gaps workshop in Bengaluru, India, on August 3, 2023 consisted of three research and policy sessions, a keynote dialogue, and a set of parallel working sessions, during which policymakers, civil society, and industry leaders, and researchers engaged in a set of facilitated discussions around pressing policy needs in South Asian countries and insights from the latest research on the drivers and implications of gender inequality in the economy. The workshop served as a forum to engage with the proposed research agenda under the Gender and Growth Gaps project, and shape this effort for maximal policy utility. The session recordings are organized below as per the day's conference schedule. The workshop was hosted by the Economic Growth Centre (EGC), Inclusion Economics at Yale University, the Inclusion Economics India Centre (IEIC) at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), and the Udaiti Foundation, in partnership with the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Session 1: State of the Evidence and Policy Needs

Presentation: 'Gender and Growth Gaps: characteristics, consequences and policy'

by Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan 


Plenary Session: Insights from Policy and Practice to Close Gender Gaps in the Economy

featuring Mahua Roy Choudhury, Manish Sabharwal and Aparna Uppaluri in the panel, and moderated by Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan 

Session 2: Deconstructing labour demand-side issues amidst structural transformation (service-led and digitally-enabled growth)


Presentation: 'Gender Gaps in a Digitally-Enabled Workforce'

by Gaurav Chiplunkar 


Presentation: 'The Demand-Side Story: Structural Change and the Decline in Female Labor Force Participation in India'

Please note: This video begins a few minutes into the presentation.
by Ashwini Deshpande 



Plenary Session: Deconstructing labour demand-side issues amidst structural transformation

featuring Neha Wadhawan, Pooja Nanda, Ashwini Deshpande, and Gaurav Chiplunkar in the panel, and moderated by Yamini Atmavilas


Keynote Dialogue

Women and Work: Perspectives from Research and Practice

featuring the keynote speakers Rohini Pande and Renana Jhabvala, and moderated by Kavitha Iyer

Session 3: Deconstructing labour supply-side issues (policy, practice and measurement challenges)


Presentation: 'Innovating to Measure Time Use in Low-Income Settings'

by Simone Schaner 


Presentation: 'The imperative of marriage, motherhood and women's employment: evidence from rural India'

by Rosa Abraham 



Plenary Session: Deconstructing labour supply-side issues

featuring Uma Mahadevan, Dr Kajal, Hema Swaminathan, Simone Schaner, and Rosa Abraham in the panel, and moderated by Urmi Bhattacharya

EGC would like to acknowledge the work of Ayush Jain, Hamsini Ravi, Manasi Dharankar, Guy Ortoleva, and NeoNiche in preparing and publishing these workshop videos.