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Research in Gender

Gender inequalities have been persistent and pervasive in all economies. Until recently, the importance of gender inequalities was not well-appreciated in economic theory or policies. Today, gender-equitable approaches to economic policy-making are becoming increasingly common. In 2015, with the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations declared achieving gender equality as a central goal in economic development outcomes to be achieved by 2030.

Commitment to Gender Equality

We are one of a handful of Ph.D.-granting economics departments in the world with a core strength in feminist economics. We use “gender” as a central category of analysis alongside, class and race.


Our feminist economics research focuses on theory, empirical work and economic policy, addressing the causes and consequences of gender inequalities in economic life and development of economic policies that aim to eradicate gender inequalities. Topics include

  • gender and macroeconomics
  • gender and international trade
  • feminist fiscal policy
  • gender and poverty
  • the interface of paid and unpaid work
  • interface of paid work and domestic violence
  • gender gaps in earnings and working conditions
  • social infrastructure of a care economy
  • the economic consequences of time-poverty


Since 1995 we have offered undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to study economics through a gender lens.

Undergraduate and Master's Level

  • Feminist Economics
    • ECON 5170/6170
  • Gender and Economic Development in the Third World 
    • ECON 5560/6560/GNDR 5560 
  • Political Economy of Race/Ethnicity, Gender and Class
    • ECON 1060/GNDR 1060

Ph.D. Field Courses

  • Labor/Gender I
    • ECON 7150
  • Labor/Gender II
    • ECON 7180

In addition, courses in development economics, international economics, health economics, labor economics, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, incorporate a gender lens.

Faculty Focusing on Gender Equality

gunseli berik

Günseli Berik has been teaching at the University of Utah, Department of Economics since 1994. She served as editor of the journalFeminist Economics, between 2010 and 2017. Her work focuses on gender inequalities in livelihood and well-being outcomes—earnings, working conditions, training, population sex ratios, time use in the household. The geographic focus of her empirical research is Turkey, Taiwan, Korea, Bangladesh, the US, and Utah. She is the co-author of Gender, Development, Globalization: Economics as if All People Mattered.

haimanti bhattacharya

Haimanti Bhattacharya's research falls under the broad rubric of applied microeconomics and has three specific themes: environment, resource & food, psychology & economics, and gender. Her gender research examines different aspects of violence against women, including the relationship between engaging in paid work and spousal violence. She has also engaged with interdisciplinary research teams to examine perceptions and implications of sexual violence against women. The main geographic focus of her research is India.

nilufer cagatay

Nilüfer Çağatay has been teaching at the University of Utah Department of Economics since 1991. She served as Policy Advisor on Women’s Economic Empowerment at UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia during 2015-17. She is a co-founder and Director of International Working Group on Gender, Macroeconomics, and International Economics (GEM-IWG). Her research has focused on gender and macroeconomics, feminist fiscal policies, gender inequalities and growth, gender inequalities and international trade, and gender and poverty.

codrina rada

Codrina Rada is a macroeconomist with an interest in issues of growth and income distribution. She uses theoretical and empirical tools to study trends in income inequality in modern economies and the effect of rising inequality on economic activity within the context of global economic integration. Her gender research uses computable general equilibrium (CGE) framework to examine the impacts of gender inequality on food security in Mozambique and Ethiopia.

Recent Department Publications

“A Gendered Model of the Peasant Household: Time Poverty and Farm Production in Rural Mozambique”

Authors: Diksha Arora (Ph.D. 2016, U of Utah) and Codrina Rada

Published: Feminist Economics, 2017


Gender norms and intra-household allocation of labor in Mozambique: a CGE application to household economics

Authors: Diksha Arora and Codrina Rada

Working Paper No: 2017-09 November 2017

“What is Eve Teasing? A Mixed Methods Study of Sexual Harassment of Young Women in the Rural Indian Context”

Authors: Haimanti Bhattacharya with Sharon Talboys, Manmeet Kaur, Jim VanDerslice, Lisa Gren, and Steve Alder

Published: Sage Open, 2017


“To Measure and To Narrate: Paths Toward a Sustainable Future”

Author: Günseli Berik

Forthcoming: Feminist Economics

“Making the Case for Gender Equality: Revisiting the Equity and Efficiency Arguments” 

Editor of special section: Günseli Berik

Published: Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 2017

“Beyond the Rhetoric of Gender Equality at the World Bank and the IMF”

Author: Günseli Berik

Published: Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 2017

“Efficiency Arguments for Gender Equality: An Introduction”

Author: Günseli Berik

Published: Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 2017

“Revisiting the Feminist Debates on International Labor Standards in the Aftermath of Rana Plaza”

Author: Günseli Berik

Published: Studies in Comparative International Development, 2017

Investing in Social Care for Gender Equality and Inclusive Growth in Europe and Central Asia

Authors: Nilüfer Çağatay, Ipek Ilkkaracan and Bharati Sadasivam

UN Women and UNDP joint Policy Brief, No. 1.

“Proposal for a Global Fund for Women through Innovative Finance”

Authors: Nilüfer Çağatay and Bilge Erten

Published: Feminist Economics, 2017

"Contributions of Feminist Post-Keynesian Synthesis to Debates on Accumulation and Distribution"

Authors: Emel Memis (Ph.D. 2007, U of Utah) and Nilüfer Çağatay

Published: Post-Keynesian Approach to Alternative Monetary Economics, 2017

WEPs Implementation Guide: Equality Means Business

Contributor: Nilüfer Çağatay

Published: UN Women Europe and Central Asia Regional Office, Istanbul, 2017

Recent Conference Presentations

Günseli Berik

  • ICAPE Conference
    • Chicago, IL
    • January 5, 2017

Günseli Berik

  • ASSA Annual Meetings
    • Chicago, IL
    • January 7, 2017
  • Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Workshop
    • Berlin
    • January 19, 2017

Nilüfer Çağatay

  • Levy Economics Institute Annual Conference on Gender and Macroeconomics: Current State of Research and Future Directions
    • New York
    • September 2017

Nilüfer Çağatay

  • Conference on Human Development Report: 25 years of Human Development UNDP
    • Istanbul
    • July 2017

Nilüfer Çağatay

  • Conference on “Unpaid care work, gender inequality and the promise of the care economy”
    • Organized by UNDP, UN Women and the ILO in cooperation with the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYRM)
    • Skopje, Macedonia
    • July 2017


Nilüfer Çağatay

  • Conference on “Unpaid care work, gender inequality and the promise of the care economy”
    • Organized by UNDP, UN Women and the ILO in cooperation with the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYRM)
    • Skopje, Macedonia
    • July 2017

Jacqueline Strenio

  • International Health Economics Association Biannual Congress
    • Boston, MA
    • 2017

Jacqueline Strenio

  • Western Social Science Association/Association for Institutional Thought Annual Conference
    • San Francisco, CA
    • 2017

Jacqueline Strenio

  • ASSA Annual Meetings
    • Chicago, IL
    • 2017

Current Ph.D. Student Activities


c.k. millerC.K. Miller

Organizing the Care Economy: Global Care Chains and the Transmigratory Work Force in the U.S.

duygu orhan

Duygu Orhan

Engendering Resource Extraction: What Has the Commodity Boom in Sub-Saharan Africa Meant for Gendered Well-being?

 jacki strenioJacqueline Strenio

The Economic Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence over the Life Cycle

chimedlkham zorigtbaatarChimedlkham Zorigtbaatar

Three Essays on Gendering, Gender Division of Domestic Labor and Labor Market Outcomes in Mongolia


jacki strenio Jacqueline Strenio

Outstanding Graduate Instructor in Economics
University of Utah | 2017

Dean's Graduate Fellowship
College of Social and Behavioral Science, University of Utah
AY 2017-18

 chimedlkham zorigtbaatarChimedlkham Zorigtbaatar

William R. Waters Research Grant
Association for Social Economics | 2018

To conduct fieldwork in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, examining the roots of Mongolia’s labor market gender inequalities in gender differences in time use and unpaid household work of children.

Selected Recent Publications from Alumni

East African Community Regional Integration: Trade and Gender Implications

Nursel Aydiner-Avsar

  • Ph.D. 2011
  • Economist, UNCTAD Trade, Gender and Development Programme
  • Associate Professor of Economics, Inter-University Board of Turkey 

Forthcoming: Geneva: UNCTAD, 2018

Gender and Time Use in a Global Context

Ebru Kongar

  • Ph.D. 2003
  • Associate Professor, Dickinson College

Co-Author: Rachel Connelly

Published: Palgrave, 2017

“Feminization of Labor and Profit Rates: Evidence from OECD Countries”

Adem Elveren

  • Ph.D. 2008
  • Assistant Professor, Fitchburg State University

Co-Authors: Christa Marr and Yvonne Renard

Published: Applied Economics Letters, 2017

“Gender Empowerment and Educational Attainment of US Immigrants and their Home-Country Counterparts”

Yunsun Huh 

  • Ph.D. 2011
  • Assistant Professor, U Wisconsin, Whitewater

Published: Feminist Economics, 2017

Engendering Welfare States: How Fa(i)r are Scandinavian Welfare States

Özge Izdes

  • Ph.D. 2010
  • Assistant Professor, Istanbul University

Published: Journal of Economic and Social Thought, 2017

“Changes in Global Trade Patterns and Women’s Employment in Manufacturing, 1995-2011”

Emel Memis 

  • Ph.D. 2007
  • Associate Professor, Ankara University

Published: Feminist Economics, 2018

“Changing Structure of Exports and Product Sophistication in the East and Southeast Asian Region”

 Özge Özay

  • Ph.D. 2010
  • Assistant Professor, Fitchburg State University

Co-Author: Emel Memis

Published:  International Trade Journal, 2018

Trade and Gender Linkages: An Analysis of the Southern African Development Community

 Chiara Piovani 

  • Ph.D. 2011
  • Associate Professor, Denver University
  • Economist, UNCTAD Trade, Gender and Development Programme

Forthcoming: Geneva:
UNCTAD, 2018

Last Updated: 3/25/21