Women in Economics

CEPR is formalising its efforts to improve female representation in the economic profession with the creation of the Women in Economics Initiative. Led by CEPR’s Vice-President, Hélène Rey, this initiative will aim to redress gender imbalances in the economic profession, partnering with CEPR member organisations to promote women within the field.

This page collates the various projects CEPR is involved with, or external initiatives that have been endorsed by CEPR, and provides a single platform through which the myriad of high quality output and initiatives can be accessed. If you are interested in partnering with CEPR on a related project, or for any further information on Women in Economics, please get in touch with Petra Buresova, Development Officer at CEPR [email protected].

Women in Economics

CEPR is working in partnership with UBS to celebrate contributions of women in economics, with a series of portraits and video interviews on a dedicated website. This programme shines a light on quality research and policymaking from female leaders in their field. "Women in Economics" will feature videos of prominent researchers discussing their work and insights. The content is designed to appeal to non-expert audiences, as well as those with a deeper understanding of economics. 

Related Research

For the latest research on gender inequality, please go to voxeu.org. The latest articles:



2020 Birgit Grodal Award awarded to CEPR Research Fellow Eliana La Ferrara

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Congratulations to Eliana La Ferrara for being awarded the 2020 Birgit Grodal Award for a European-Based Female Economist. The award, given every two years by the Council of the European Economic Association (EEA), recognises a European-based female economist who has made a significant contribution to the economics profession. The prize was awarded in recognition of Eliana La Ferrara’s significant contributions in studying the role of trust, norm enforcement and identity in economics. 

Eliana La Ferrara is a Research Fellow in CEPR’s Development Economics and Public Economics programmes. She holds the Fondazione Romeo ed Enrica Invernizzi Chair in Development Economics at Bocconi University. 

Eliana is a long-standing contributor to CEPR and VoxEU, and has recently featured on the CEPR & UBS Women in Economics series.

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New eBook: Women in Economics

Shelly Lundberg, 5 March 2020

A new book examines the role and progress of women in professional economics, reviews the barriers that women face at various stages of the training and promotional pipeline, evaluates programmes designed to support and encourage female economists, and discusses the benefits of greater gender equality across economics research professions.

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VoxTalks podcast with Shelly Lundberg, Donna Ginther, Jenna Stearns and Erin Hengel 

2019 Nobel Prize for Economics is won by three CEPR Fellows

Monday, October 14, 2019

This year’s Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel has been awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer, for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. 

All three are longstanding and highly active CEPR Fellows. Abhijit and Michael both joined the Development Economics Programme when it was established by CEPR in 2006. Esther, together with Robin Burgess, was the first DE Programme Director between 2006 and 2015, and is also a Fellow of the Public Economics Programme.

Esther was the second economist featured in our Women in Economics series, which shines a light on high quality research and policymaking from female leaders in their field.

The work that they have done in the field of experimental-based research into problems affecting some of the poorest sections of the world’s population is genuinely life-changing and life-saving and they richly deserve the recognition they have received.

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Women in European Economics: A Real-Time Monitoring Tool

Goethe University, Frankfurt

This project originated from the Women in Economics - WinE Committee - (WinE) of the European Economic Association (EEA), in accordance with its objective to collect data on the status of women in the economics profession in Europe. The data collection was taken further, with financial support from EEA, by WinE Committee member, Guido Friebel, Goethe University Frankfurt, and Sascha Wilhelm, Goethe University Frankfurt. To increase the transparency about the quantitative representation of female researchers in European Economics, Friebel and Wilhelm gathered information from all institutions known to them. They have developed an algorithm that repeatedly collects the data that are publicly available on the institutions' websites.

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New eBook: Women Shaping Global Economic Governance

Thursday, July 4, 2019

This report brings together contributions from leading women policymakers and thought leaders from across the world on how to shape our economies. The essays and observations show women analysing the challenges confronting economic governance and formulating concrete proposals for how to navigate this period of turbulence.  Foreword by Angela Merkel and contributions from Christine LagardeCecilia Malmström, Beatrice Weder di Mauro, Mia Amor Mottely and many others.

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Related Research

For the latest research on gender and development, please go to voxdev.org. The most recent articles are listed below:

CEPR Discussion Papers

For more papers, please search CEPR's discussion paper series with keywords such as #gender or #women. The most recent DPs are listed below: