Employment Seminar Series

Macroeconomics and Gender

The seminar examined how macro-level economic policies can foster a more gender equitable and inclusive growth process in developing countries.

Presenter: Anuradha Seth, UN WOMEN
Discussant: Gul Unal, UNCTAD
Chair: Sangheon Lee, Director, EMPLOYMENT

Economic growth is inherently a gendered process, and gender inequalities constitute significant barriers to shared prosperity. Unless the gender dimensions of inclusive growth are made explicit, and unless policies for inclusive growth aim to improve women’s well-being and address gender gaps, it is unlikely that growth will benefit women and men equally. Policy frameworks on inclusive growth, however, have rarely called into question current models of production or proposed macro-level policies and structural reforms necessary to correct the distributional bias of growth. Rather, policy attention has focused on measures to promote equality of opportunity. This discussion examined how macro-level economic policies can foster a more gender-equitable and inclusive growth process in developing countries.

Anuradha Seth
Anuradha Seth is an economist with over 25 years of experience working on development policy and programming at the United Nations. Her primary areas of expertise include inclusive growth and macro-economic policy, labour market and employment policy, poverty and inequality, and gender in development. A significant contribution of her work includes examining how economic growth and macroeconomic policies can effectively address, and promote, more equitable labour market and social development outcomes.

Prior to joining UN Women in 2016, where she is the team leader of the Gender and Macroeconomic cluster within the Economic Empowerment section, she was the Manager of the Inclusive and Green Growth section at UNDP. She co-led the UN inter-agency Task Force on Goal 8 of the SDG’s on Inclusive and Sustainable Growth and Full and Productive Employment. She was the co-chair of the SG’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment on Gender and Macroeconomic Policy in 2017. She received her Ph.D in Economics from the New School for Social Research.

Gul Unal
Gul Unal is the Chief of Training and Outreach Unit in the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at UNCTAD. She held positions at the UN as a Senior Regional Macroeconomic Advisor for Africa (UNECA), and as an economist at UNWOMEN and UNDP. Before joining the UN family, she worked as an Assistant Professor, at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva (USA), and at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Her research and publications focus on rural development issues with a particular focus on gender, rural development and agriculture. She has published on gender, inequality, and rural development issues. She is the author of the book: “Land Ownership Inequality and Rural Factor Markets in Turkey: A Study for Critically Evaluating Market Friendly Reforms” by Palgrave MacMillan. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA.