Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) invites to the international conference on gender economics "Rethinking gender: Economic and social costs of gender inequality" that will be held online on April 7-8, 2021. The conference will feature a combination of keynote speakers, paper presentations, and panel discussions.

The objective of this conference is to bring together academic and policy researchers in the region to discuss recent findings and to promote the use of evidence-based decision making.

Day 1 (April 7): Political empowerment day

13:00 – 13:30

Opening remarks

Solomia Shpak, Professor, Conference Academic Director, Kyiv School of Economics
Cecilia Chroona, Head of Reform Cooperation, Embassy of Sweden in Kyiv
Kateryna Levchenko, Governmental Commissioner for Gender Policy
Olesia Verchenko, Vice president, Kyiv School of Economics

13:30 – 14:45

Policy panel “Empowering women in politics”

Tamara Martseniuk, National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
Iryna Tyshko, Public Alliance “Women’s Political Action”
Milena Horyachkovska, International Charitable Fund “Ukrainian Women’s Fund”
Roksolana Pidlasa, MP, Deputy Head of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Committee on Economic Development
Ian T. Woodward, National Democratic Institute, Ukraine Residence Director, and Natia Jikia, National Democratic Institute, Deputy Director
Moderator – Tymofii Brik, Kyiv School of Economics

14:45 – 15:45

Academic plenary session 1

Elizabeth Brainerd (Brandeis University) and Olga Malkova (University of Kentucky)
“Do Family Policies Affect Births, Maternal Employment and Marital Stability?”
Discussant Yaroslava Babych (ISET – International School of Economics at TSU)
Moderator – Olesia Verchenko, Kyiv School of Economics


Zamberlan Anna (University of Trento) and Paolo Barbieri (University of Trento)
“A ‘potential motherhood’ penalty? A longitudinal investigation of employment and wage disparities according to gender and potential fertility in Britain and Germany”
Discussant – María Inés Berniell (Universidad Nacional de La Plata)
Moderator – Olesia Verchenko, Kyiv School of Economics

15:45 – 16:45

Academic plenary session 2

Aleksandr Grigoryan (American University of Armenia) and Knar Khachatryan (American University of Armenia)
“COVID-19 policy responses through the lenses of female political and social representation”
Discussant – Nicolas Gavoille (Stockholm School of Economics in Riga)
Moderator – Olesia Verchenko, Kyiv School of Economics


Magdalena Smyk (Warsaw School of Economics)
“Experimental eveidence on gender bias in an occupational choice – role of parents”
Discussant – Katharina Werner (LMU Munich)
Moderator – Olesia Verchenko, Kyiv School of Economics

16:45 – 17:00


17:00 – 18:00

Academic plenary session 3

Elizaveta Pronkina (University Carlos III of Madrid) and Telmo Pérez-Izquierdo (University Carlos III of Madrid)
“USSR, Education, Work History, Fertility Choices, and Later-Life Outcomes”
Discussant – Andrea Weber (Central European University)
Moderator – Olga Kupets, Kyiv School of Economics


Yaremko Vitaliia (UC Berkeley)
“Intra-Household Time Allocation: Evidence From the Post-Socialist Countries”
Discussant – Maksym Obrizan (Kyiv School of Economics)
Moderator – Olga Kupets, Kyiv School of Economics

18:00 – 19:00

Academic plenary session 4

Sanna Ericsson (Lund University)
“Backlash: Female Economic Empowerment and Domestic Violence?”
Discussant – Pamela Campa (Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics)
Moderator – Olga Kupets, Kyiv School of Economics


Magda Iga (IBS Warsaw & SGH Warsaw School of Economics & IZA), Cukrowska-Torzewska Ewa (University of Warsaw) and Palczyńska Marta (IBS Warsaw)
“What if she earns more? Gender pay gap within couples”
Discussant – Michal Myck (Centre for Economic Analysis, Poland)
Moderator – Olga Kupets, Kyiv School of Economics

19:00 – 20:00

Keynote speech

Paula England (New York University) “Is the Gender Revolution Stalling?”

Day 2 (April 8): Economic empowerment day

14:00 – 15:00

Keynote speech

Michèle Tertilt (University of Mannheim)
“This Time It’s Different: The Role of Women’s Employment in a Pandemic Recession”

15:00 – 16:15

Policy panel “Small businesses, COVID-19 and policy response”

Galyna Meshcheryakova, UN Women
Andriy Horbal, Executive Manager, Ukrainian Center for Social Data
Dmytro Romanovych, Ex-Deputy Minister of Economy, KPMG Ukraine
Eugenia Bespalova, COO We_Challenge, Co-founder в Ukrainian Bridge (IT sector)
Yuliya Stefanyuk, Managing partner, “!FEST” Holding of Emotions
Moderator – Olga Kupets, Kyiv School of Economics

16:15 – 17:15

Academic plenary session 1

Sena Coskun (University of Mannheim) and Husnu Dalgic (University of Mannheim)
“The Emergence of Procyclical Fertility: The Role of Gender Differences in Employment Risk”
Discussant – Elena Bobeica (European Central Bank)
Moderator – Solomiya Shpak, Kyiv School of Economics


Jaan Masso (University of Tartu) and Priit Vahter (University of Tartu)
“Innovation as a firm-level factor of gender wage gap”
Discussant – Jennifer Poole (American University)
Moderator – Solomiya Shpak, Kyiv School of Economics

17:15 – 18:15

Academic plenary session 2

Zheng Haowen (Cornell University)
“Why Should We Jointly Study Education and Occupational Sex Segregation?”
Discussant – Iryna Demko (Cleveland State University)
Moderator – Solomiya Shpak, Kyiv School of Economics


Morazzoni Marta (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and Sy Andrea (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
“Female Entrepreneurship and Financial Frictions”
Discussant – John Earle (George Mason University)
Moderator – Solomiya Shpak, Kyiv School of Economics

18:15 – 18:30


18:30 – 19:30

Academic plenary session 3

Nezhyvenko Oksana (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy) and Adair Philippe (University Paris-Est Creteil)
“Inequalities and Wage Differentials in EU Transition Economies (2009-2016)”
Discussant – Aleksandr Grigoryan (American University of Armenia)
Moderator – Hanna Vakhitova, Kyiv School of Economics


Sockin Jason (University of Pennsylvania) and Sockin Michael (McCombs School of Business)
“A Pay Scale of Their Own: Gender Differences in Performance Pay”
Discussant – Audinga Baltrunaite (Bank of Italy)
Moderator – Hanna Vakhitova, Kyiv School of Economics

19:30 – 20:30

Academic plenary session 4

Cukrowska-Torzewska Ewa (University of Warsaw)
“Gender gap in pay expectations: the role of sex segregation in education”
Discussant – Jason Sockin (University of Pennsylvania)
Moderator – Hanna Vakhitova, Kyiv School of Economics


Zhao Zihui (Cornell University)
“Does Compulsory Schooling Law Skew Sex Ratios?”
Discussant – Elizaveta Pronkina (University Carlos III of Madrid)
Moderator – Hanna Vakhitova, Kyiv School of Economics

Call for Papers

We invite academic and policy researches at all stages in their career to submit papers and attend KSE conference.


Submit (two options are available):
a) Either a full paper with an abstract of 400-600 words
b) or an extended abstract of 800-1600 words, including brief motivation and background (outline of the policy context and/or academic literature informing the research), sufficient description of the data used in the analysis, methodological approach and significance (description and application of the original research findings reported in the paper), and key results.
Include title, authors, affiliations, and the email address of the corresponding author.


Submitted abstracts and papers will be peer-reviewed based on originality, research depth, accuracy and relevance to the conference theme. The authors chosen to present will be invited to submit full papers.

Topics of Interest

Papers should explicitly relate to the economic and social costs of gender inequality. Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:


  • COVID-19 and gender equality
  • Gender and labor market outcomes
  • Gender and political empowerment
  • Gender aspects of financial inclusion
  • Intra-household choices


We particularly seek participants who do research on gender issues at the institutions based in Eastern Europe or conduct research on gender issues related to populations in Eastern Europe. We accept submissions in English and Ukrainian. There is no registration fee.

Papers presented at the conference will be eligible for consideration for a special issue of Comparative Economic Studies. Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication while being evaluated for this conference.

Deadline for extended abstract submissions:

January 5, 2021

Notification of acceptance:

February 1, 2021

Full-paper submission deadline:

March 1, 2021

Conference dates:

April 7-8, 2021

Keynote Speakers


Paula England

Paula England is a Professor at New York University, Chair of the Department of Sociology. She was President of the American Sociological Association in 2014-2015. In 2018, she was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences. Her research is focused on gender inequality at work and at home; she studies the sex gap in pay, occupational segregation, how couples divide housework, and the wage penalty for motherhood.

Michèle Tertilt

Michèle Tertilt is a Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim. Her research concentrates on macroeconomics with a special focus on development and intra-family interactions. Michèle Tertilt was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Preis for her works that bridge the gaps between family economics, development and macroeconomics. She also received the Yrjö Jahnsson Award for the contribution in theoretical and applied research that is significant to economics in Europe.

Academic Committee

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Yaroslava Babych

Assistant Professor, Academic Director of ISET Policy Institute

Kateryna Bornukova

Academic Director, BEROC, Belarus

Pamela Campa

Assistant Professor, Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics, Sweden

Ina Ganguli

Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Nicolas Gavoille

Associate Professor, Stockholm School of Economics, Riga

Yuriy Gorodnichenko

Quantedge Presidential Professor of Economics, University of Berkley, USA

Michal Myck

Director, Centre for Economic Analysis, Poland

Olena Nizalova

Associate Professor, University of Kent, UK

Tairi Rõõm

Head of Research, Eesti Pank (Central Bank of Estonia)

Anna Zasova

Researcher, The Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies, Latvia

Andrea Weber

Professor, Central European University, Hungary

Elena Bobeica

Senior Economist, European Central Bank

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Organizing Committee

Solomia Shpak, Conference Academic Director (Kyiv School of Economics)
Natalia Zaika, Conference Coordinator (Kyiv School of Economics)
Tymofiy Brik (Kyiv School of Economics)
Mihnea Constantinescu (Kyiv School of Economics)
Olga Kupets (Kyiv School of Economics)
Hanna Vakhitova (Kyiv School of Economics)
Olesia Verchenko (Kyiv School of Economics)


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