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The playing field in academia: Why are women still underrepresented?

On 21-22 June, 2023, the Forum for Research on Gender Economics (FROGEE) together with the Centre for Economic Analysis (CenEA) and the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) will host a conference on gender inequality within the field of academia. Invited lectures by prof. Carlo Schwarz (Bocconi University) and prof. Sarah Smith (University of Bristol).


Women continue to be underrepresented in every stage of the academic career in many fields and they do not advance professionally at the same rate as men. A growing body of research in economics points towards social and institutional causes behind these inequalities and offers policy suggestions to address them. To discuss and disseminate recent developments in this area FROGEE together with CenEA and SITE will be hosting a conference held in Warsaw on 21-22 June, 2023. It will combine contributed sessions, invited lectures and policy discussions.

Results from ongoing research in the area will be presented on the first day of the Conference (21 June). The programme for this part is available here and you can register for online streaming of the presentations here.

We are honoured to announce that the second day of the conference (22 June) will begin with two invited lectures by:

  • prof. Carlo Schwarz (Bocconi University): “Gender Gaps in Academia: Global Evidence over the 20th Century”
  • prof. Sarah Smith (University of Bristol): “Promoting diversity: Gender equality initiatives in economics”

These will be followed by panel discussions on policies and solutions aimed at ensuring fairness and equality at different stages of the academic career. The detailed programme for this part of the conference is available here and you can register for online streaming of the lectures and panel sessions here.

If you wish to participate in person on either of the days please contact Artur Król at: akrol@cenea.org.pl. The number of places is limited. 

The conference is organised as part of the FREE Network initiative FROGEE, supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

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