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Gender equality and economic development - highlights from SITE Development Day 2018

The Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) with support from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs organised the annual SITE Development Day conference dedicated to discuss initiatives that can help create a more equal society and improve economic development.

SITE Development Day brought together distinguished academics, industry experts, gender and development economists, policy makers and guests interested in the topic. Conference speakers and panelists discussed how gender discrimination negatively impacts the productivity of low and middle-income economies, but also how reforms and specific initiatives can better the situation.

The conference began with a keynote speech by Ann Bernes, Ambassador for Gender Equality and Coordinator of Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Speakers of the first panel presented a research perspective on gains from gender inclusion, origins of differences in gender norms and gender perspective on tax and benefit policy:

  • Raphael Espinoza, Senior Economist, International Monetary Fund (IMF) 
  • Paola Giuliano, Associate Professor of Economics, UCLA Anderson School of Management | Presentation (see here)
  • Michal Myck, Director, Centre for Economic Analysis (CenEA), | Presentation (see here)

Speakers of the second panel discussed initiatives that can be applied in the business sector to foster equal opportunities in a workplace and to create a gender-balanced working environment:

  • Anna-Karin Dahlberg, Corporate Sustainability Manager, Lindex
  • Richard Nordström, General Director, Hand in Hand
  • Karin Kronhöffer, Director Strategy and Communication, Swedfund
  • Anne Larilahti, VP Head of Sustainability Strategy, Telia

After lunch break speakers of the third panel discussed gender development in Eastern Europe and Eastern Partnership countries:

  • Jesper Roine, Deputy Director, SITE | Presentation (see here)
  • Charles Becker, Research Professor of Economics, Duke University | Presentation (see here)
  • Tamta Maridashvili, Researcher, Education and Social Policy Research Center, ISET-PI | Presentation (see here)
  • Lev Lvovskiy, Research Fellow, BEROC | Presentation (see here)
  • Elsa Håstad, Director at the Department for Europe and Latin America, Sida

Speakers of the last panel discussed how public policy can influence gender equality and what role foreign aid can play to foster more rapid gender development:

  • Inna Sovsun, Vice President, Kyiv School of Economics (KSE)
  • Anna Westerholm, Sweden's Ambassador for the EU Eastern Partnership, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • Carin Jämtin, Director-General, SIDA
  • Torbjorn Becker, Director, SITE

Main ideas and conclusions discussed during the conference are reported in the FREE Policy Brief written by Anders Olofsgård, Deputy Director at the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics and Edvard von Sydow, Research assistant at SITE.


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To see the conference highlights, participants, speakers, and panelists, please see conference photos on SITE Facebook page.