IWPR and American University’s Program on Gender Analysis in Economics Announce New Partnership

Press Release

Contact: Jennifer Clark | 202-785-5100 | clark@iwpr.org

Washington, DC—As a new year of public policy debate begins, it is more important than ever to connect the fact-based knowledge uncovered by rigorous social science research to the policies that shape our lives. To that end, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and American University’s Program on Gender Analysis in Economics (PGAE) are announcing a new partnership to collaborate on gender-focused research relevant for public policy.

The new affiliation will support joint events, research projects, and the joint appointment of a research economist, who will have the opportunity to direct an academically rigorous, policy-oriented research program at IWPR and provide high-quality instruction in American University’s graduate and undergraduate programs.

Named a top think tank in the United States, IWPR’s action-oriented social science research has shaped the conversation on issues such as the gender wage gap, employment and job discrimination, intimate partner violence, the health and economic benefits of paid sick days and paid family and medical leave, educational access, the status of women, poverty and welfare reform, and many others.

The Department of Economics at American University is the first U.S. university to offer a doctorate level concentration on gender in Economics. The program develops an integrated gender perspective in economic analysis and emphasizes conceptual, modeling, and empirical skills.

Economist and IWPR President Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., on the new partnership:

“I am thrilled to partner with AU’s Program on Gender Analysis in Economics, an academic kindred spirit to IWPR’s policy-oriented approach. I founded IWPR 30 years ago out of a need for an organization whose distinct purpose was to develop comprehensive, women-focused, policy-oriented research. As an economist, I saw that many mainstream economic debates ignored gender and believed then and now IWPR’s economic research can reshape public dialogue. Our new colleagues at PGAE ‘get it’ and we are joining forces at a time when both the field of economics and the country as a whole need more quality information on the role of gender in the economy, not less.”

Professor and Department Chair of Economics at American University Mieke Meurs, Ph.D., concurred:

“Economic research has long played a key role in policymaking. As the field, and the country, increasingly reckon with gender and racial inequality, it is ever more critical to ensure that the important research produced from the discipline of economics considers gender and race in its analysis. PGAE has been at the forefront of this effort and our partnership with IWPR will ensure that our work gets into the hands of those positioned to make change in this new policy era.”

Find out more by visiting IWPR.org and american.edu/cas/economics/gender/.