WE_ARE Seminar Series

In June 2020 CEPR launched a new virtual seminar series WE_ARE Women in Economics: Advancing Research in Economics, where junior women present their work and get constructive feedback from their peers and from senior economists.

The seminars take place bi-weekly on Tuesdays at 1 PM (BST) and last for 1 hour (40-minutes talk, 20-minute discussion). For those interested, after the discussion breakout rooms will be open for 10 minutes, to give participants the opportunity to network. The seminar series aims to bring together junior and senior women in economics and to contribute to building an active and cooperative CEPR women in the economics community.


Next Seminar: Tuesday, 24 May 2022:

Presenter & paper:
Jay Euijung Lee (Stockholm University)
Marriage and Misallocation: Evidence from 70 Years of U.S. History


ABSTRACT: By how much do traditional gender norms in marriage constrain aggregate output? Married women are traditionally expected to stay home and take care of the household. This gender role reduces married women’s labor force participation, away from their comparative advantage. A low likelihood of working in the future also reduces women’s incentive to get educated. I develop a model featuring education, marriage, and labor supply choices to quantify the aggregate economic consequences of gender norms in marriage. I find that relative to single women, married women in 1940 U.S. faced a norms wedge that acted as a 44% tax on market wage. By 2010, the norms wedge had fallen to 14%. Had gender norms remained at the level of 1940, married women of the current day would have had a 31% lower labor force participation rate, 23% lower market earnings, and their total market and home output would have been lower by 10%. For the aggregate economy, total market and home output would have been 3.8% lower. I validate the model through a reduced form analysis, which uses county-level variation in World War 2 casualties that increased female labor force participation and consequently weakened traditional gender norms.

Estelle Cantillon (ECARES, Université Libre de Bruxelles and CEPR)

Followed by: 
7 June:
WE_ARE & WinE joint session

Rachel Griffith (University of Manchester, IFS and CEPR)
Navigating the publication process
In this session, Rachel will draw on her own experience of trying to publish her work, as well as her time spent as Editor of The Economic Journal, to give some reflections on how to navigate the process of trying to get your own work published and take the positives from what can sometimes feel like a brutal experience to help you move forward.


Following the winter break, WE_ARE Seminars resumed on 18 January 2022.

Spring 2022 Seminars: 18 January, 1 February, 15 February, 1 March, 15 March, 29 March, 26 April, 10 May, 24 May, 7 June (WE_ARE & WinE joint session).

All Seminars begin 8AM (EDT), 1PM (BST), 2PM (CEST)

Previous Presentations

10 MAY:
Iryna Stewen (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and CEPR)
Growing Like Germany: Local Public Debt, Local Banks, Low Private Investment


Graziella Bertocchi (Universita di Modena a Reggio Emilia and CEPR)

Ceren Baysan (University of Essex)
Persistent Polarizing Effects of Persuasion: Experimental Evidence from Turkey

Helene Rey (London Business School and CEPR)

Antonella Bancalari (University of St. Andrews, Institute for Fiscal Studies)
Free riding and public service delivery: Experimental Evidence from India

Helene Rey (London Business School and CEPR)

What is missing in asset pricing factor models
Irina Zviadadze (HEC Paris and CEPR)

Valentina Corradi (University of Surrey)

Leslie Shen (Federal Reserve Board, MIT)
Risk Sharing and Amplification in the Global Financial Network


Cohabitation and Child Development
Anne Hannusch (University of Mannheim)

Rachel Ngai (London School of Economics and CEPR)

When Creativity Strikes: News Shocks and Business Cycle Fluctuations

Sinem Hacioglu Hoke (Bank of England, King’s College London and CEPR)


18 JANUARY 2022:
Debt-Stabilizing Properties of GDP-Linked Securities: A Macro-Finance Perspective
Sarah Mouabbi (European Central Bank)


To watch recordings from previous sessions, please follow the series on CEPR's YouTube channel.



Register Here*

*As of September 2021 only one registration for the series is required. If you've registered for one of our previous sessions, you don't need to re-register for future sessions. But please note the zoom link from any session before September 2021 will not be valid 

Would you like to submit a paper? 
At this current time, we have a full roster of presenters for the upcoming series beginning in the Autumn of 2021. To express an interest in submitting a paper please email [email protected]. After this autumn series, a formal Call for Papers will be circulated for the Winter 2022 Season.

"I really appreciated the opportunity to present my ongoing work as well as hear from other junior female researchers!" *

"Getting to know so many brilliant junior and senior colleagues shaped an alternative ideal of economist in my mind, and made it much more closer to me and potentially achievable." *

"The sessions are very interactive and provide a platform exclusively for women in economics which I enjoy the most" *

**quotes taken from post-spring 2021 series survey of WE_ARE Seminar Seires 
meeting date: 
Thursday, July 8, 2021