The Covid-19 pandemic has touched everyone in some way, but many of its impacts have been disproportionately felt by women: Job losses and care burdens, for example, have fallen on women relatively more than men (e.g., Alon et al. 2020, Deshpande 2020).  Two years after the pandemic began, and as countries increasingly move toward recovery (even as new threats are on the horizon), what do we know about how women’s economic engagement has changed?  And what policies can help ensure post-pandemic recoveries and preparation for future shocks are gender inclusive?

From March 9-10, 2023, Inclusion Economics at Yale University and the Economic Growth Center will partner with the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) to hold a two-day conference in Tokyo to understand the latest economics research about gender and economic opportunities in the region, with a focus on what this research tells us about gender-sensitive Covid recovery and preparation for future shocks.  The conference will facilitate sharing of new research and discussion and dialogue on potential policy responses to identified challenges.

Keynote speakers are Rohini Pande, Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics, Director of the Economic Growth Center, and Director of Inclusion Economics at Yale University and David Yanagizawa-Drott, Professor of Economics at the University of Zurich and Director of the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Center for Economics of Breastfeeding; additional speakers and the schedule and speakers will be announced in early 2023.

Call for papers

The call for papers is now closed.

Conference Registration

Register to attend the conference; the registration period will be open December 1, 2022 - February 28, 2023. Please note that it is the responsibility of the attendee to understand and abide by the Government of Japan's COVID-19 border measures.



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