16:00-17:30 (UTC-5)

Murray Leibbrandt | Chair

Murray Leibbrandt is Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town and a Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER. In this capacity, and as Director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU), he leads the South African arm of UNU-WIDER’s Inequality in the Giants project. A UNU-WIDER Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow, Professor Leibbrandt is part of the Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development project. He is currently co-organizing one of the project’s six thematic sub-components focusing on the various dimensions of inequality in South Africa.

Valentina Contreras | Presenter

Policy evaluation of gender affirmative action in engineering schools

Valentina Contreras is a PhD candidate at the Social Policy Department at The London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research focuses on economics of education and gender inequality. In her doctoral thesis, she studies the links between gender inequality in the labour market and sex segregation in higher education. Before joining the LSE, she gained a degree in Civil Industrial Engineering from The University of Chile and an MRes in Economics from the University College of London.

Mohamed Ali Marouani | Presenter

Inequality and occupational change in times of revolution: the Tunisian perspective

Mohamed Ali Marouani is Associate Professor in Economics at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University and currently on leave as Representative of the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) in Tunisia. He is Research Fellow of the Economic Research Forum and of the Migration Institute and Member of the Advisory Group of the African Evidence Network. His research focuses on structural change, migration and the socio-economic impact of crises in the MENA region.

Luis Vargas-Montoya | Presenter

Gender labor earnings gap in Costa Rica over the last decade: What drives it and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic

Luis Vargas Montoya is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Economics and Researcher in the Research Institute of Economic Sciences at the University of Costa Rica (Costa Rica). He is a PhD candidate in economics at the University of Zaragoza (Spain). His main research interests are digital economy, economic geography, economics of education and public policy. He is also working as an economic adviser at the College of Economic Sciences of Costa Rica.