Parallel session

Parallel 7.2 | Room 2: Friday, 7 October 2022, 9:00-10:30 (UTC-5)

The papers in this session discuss gender inequality in different contexts. In particular, gender inequality in labour markets and property ownership are discussed. Also, how gender inequality is impacted by legal regimes and foreign influence are investigated in the papers.


9:00-10:30 (UTC-5)

Hema Swaminathan | Chair and presenter

Women’s legal rights and gender gaps in property ownership in developing countries 
(co-authors: Isis Gaddis and Rahul Lahoti)

Hema Swaminathan’s recent research focuses on inequality in income and wealth distributions between men and women, and improving survey methodology to collect individual-level data in several domains. She was co-PI on the Gender Asset Gap project, that pioneered individual asset and wealth data collection. She is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Economic Statistics, Government of India.

Kunal Sen | Presenter

The gender productivity gap: Evidence from the informal sector in India 
(co-authors: Ira N. Gang, Rajesh Raj Seethamma Natarajan, and Myeong-Su Yun)

Professor Kunal Sen has over three decades of experience in academic and applied development economics research. He is the author of eight books and the editor of five volumes on the economics and political economy of development. From 2019 he is the Director of UNU-WIDER, and he is a professor of development economics at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester.

Professor Sen is a leading international expert on the political economy of growth and development. He has performed extensive research on international finance, the political economy determinants of inclusive growth, the dynamics of poverty, social exclusion, female labour force participation, and the informal sector in developing economies. His research has focused on India, East Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa.

Julia Seither | Presenter

The economics of women's entrepreneurship 
(co-author: Megan Lang)

Julia Seither is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Universidad del Rosario and part of the directors’ team at JILAEE. She earned her PhD from the Nova School of Business and Economics and completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago and UCEMA. Her main research is on behavioral development economics, particularly on behavioral biases of micro-entrepreneurs, migration, and the development of social norms.

Adriana Camacho-González | Presenter

Uneven recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean: Are women being left behind?

Adriana Camacho-González (PhD, Brown University) is Associate Professor at Uniandes and Senior Economist at UNDP. She works on impact evaluation of public policies, especially on the direct effects of social programs on health and education. In addition, she studies the indirect and unexpected effects of policies regarding the labor market, political participation, and crime, among others. Overall, she has interested in identifying behavioral changes encouraged by social programs.