Parallel session
Women's work

Parallel 5.2 | Room 2: Thursday, 6 October 2022, 13:30-15:00 (UTC-5)

The session includes a few papers produced by the UNU-WIDER project on Women’s work. The project looks at what we know about the nature of women’s work in developing countries and considers policy paths for the creation of productive jobs for women that create a route to women’s economic and social empowerment. The papers in the session specifically address the questions of What explains uneven female labour force participation across the Global South and What types and patterns of growth are most conducive to employment creation for women and how social norms affect women’s economic opportunities. 


13:30-15:00 (UTC-5)

Maria Edo ​| Chair

María Edo is a professor and researcher at “Universidad de San Andrés”, where she is the Academic Director of the Center of Studies for Human Development (CEDH). María holds a PhD in Economics from UdeSA. Her research interests include Poverty Measurement, Social Policies and Gender Economics.

Maria Lo Bue | Presenter

Maternal employment and children’s outcomes: Evidence from Indonesia 
(co-authors: Ervin Dervisevic and Elizaveta Perova)

Maria C. Lo Bue is a development economist currently working as assistant professor at the University of Bari (Italy). Prior to that, she was research associate at UNU-WIDER and postdoc researcher and lecturer at the Universities of Goettingen and Verona, Maria has conducted extensive research on child nutrition, reproductive health, education, inequality and socio-economic mobility in Indonesia. Recent projects include works on gender inequality in the labour market, intergenerational mobility and on the evolution of clientelistic practices in low- and middle-income countries.

Sudipa Sarkar | Presenter

Local crime and early marriage: Evidence from India

Sudipa is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Institute of Public Policy, National Law School of India University, India and an Honorary Associate Professor at Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, UK. Sudipa’s research interests are in the broad areas of Labour and Development Economics. In particular, her research focuses on future of work and social inequality. Her research has been published in several peer reviewed international journals including Research Policy and World Development.

Sarah Khan | Presenter

Female education and marriage in Pakistan: The role of financial shocks and marital customs

Sarah Khan joined the University of Göttingen as a postdoctoral research. She obtained her M.Sc. and Ph.D., both in Economics from Royal Holloway, University of London, and worked at SOAS, University of London. Sarah's research focuses on gender issues in developing countries. She was also involved in UNU-WIDER’s Women's Work program. The project explores the role of marital customs on early marriages for girls in Pakistan.

Manuel Fernández Sierra | Presenter

The rise in women’s labour force participation in Mexico — Supply vs demand factors

Manuel Fernández is an assistant professor at the Economics Department at Universidad de los Andes. His research interests are in the fields of labor and health economics. Manuel has a PhD in Economics from the University of Oxford, and an MPhil in Economics from the same university. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked at the Office of the Chief Economist for Latin America at the World Bank.