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Lee Badgett

M.V. Lee Badgett is Professor of economics and director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also Williams Distinguished Scholar at the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at UCLA. Her book, When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage (NYU Press, 2009), focuses on the US and European experiences with marriage equality for same-sex couples. Her first book, Money, Myths, and Change:  The Economic Lives of Lesbians and Gay Men (University of Chicago Press, 2001) debunked the myth of gay affluence and presented evidence of labor market discrimination against LGB people. She is currently studying the experiences of LGBT actors, the impact of state nondiscrimination laws on firm outcomes, and poverty in the LGBT community. She is also completing a book, Using Research to Change the World. Badgett has testified on her work before Congress and many state legislatures, and she was an expert witness in California’s Prop 8 trial. Badgett received a PhD in economics from the University of California-Berkeley in 1990, and has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago.

Heather Boushey

Heather Boushey is Chief Economist at American Progress, where her research focuses on US employment, social policy, and family economic well being. She is also a visiting fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research in London. She co-edited The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything (Simon & Schuster ebook, 2009) and was a lead author of “Bridging the Gaps,” a ten state study about how low- and moderate-income working families are left out of work support programs. Her research has been published in academic journals and has been covered widely in the media, including regular appearances on the PBS Newshour and in The New York Times. She also spearheaded a successful campaign to save the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation from devastating budget cuts.

Boushey received her PhD in economics from the New School for Social Research and her BA from Hampshire College. She has held an economist position with the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Economic Policy Institute, where she was a co-author of their flagship publication, The State of Working America 2002/3.

Ípek Ílkkaracan

İpek İlkkaracan is Associate Professor of economics at Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Management. She has a BA in political science from Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, and an MA and a Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research, New York. İlkkaracan’s current research areas entail macroeconomics of unemployment and wages, labor market inequalities, work-family reconciliation policies, time-use, the care economy and sustainable growth. İlkkaracan currently serves on the Editorial Board of Feminist Economics, is an elected Board Member of the Middle Eastern Economics Association (MEEA) and acts as the expert on Turkey in the European Network of Experts on Gender Equality (ENEGE), an advisory group of the European Commission. In addition to her academic career, Ilkkaracan has also worked professionally as a development practitioner with international agencies and non-governmental organizations such as UNDP/UNIFEM headquarters in New York, the Intermediate Technology Development Group in the UK. She is also a founding member of Women for Women’s Human Rights-New Ways (WWHR), the Platform for Women’s Labor and Employment (KEIG Platform), and the International Working Group on Gender, Macroeconomics and International Economics GEM-Europe and Turkey networks.

Naila Kabeer

Naila Kabeer is professor of Gender and Development at the Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science. She has over twenty-five years of experience in research, teaching, and advisory work in the related fields of gender, poverty, social exclusion, labor markets, and livelihoods and social protection. She has carried out extensive training and advisory work with national and international NGOs (including Oxfam, ActionAid, Women for Women International, BRAC, PRADAN, and Nijera Kori) as well as for a number of international development agencies (including the UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank, SIDA, NORAD, and UN Women). She is currently on advisory editorial committee for the journals Feminist Economics, Development and Change, Gender and Development and on the board of the Feminist Review Trust. Her most recent publications are Organizing Women Workers in the Informal Economy: Beyond the Weapons of the Weak (Zed Press) and “Can the MDGs Provide a Pathway to Social Justice: the Challenge of Intersecting Inequalities” (IDS/MDG Achievement Fund).

Stephan Klasen

Stephan Klasen is Professor of development economics at the University of Göttingen, Germany. He holds a PhD from Harvard University where his dissertation (supervised by Amartya Sen, Jeff Williamson, and Juliet Schor) dealt with issues of gender bias in mortality in today’s developing world and European economic history. He has since held positions at the World Bank, King’s College (Cambridge, UK), and the University of Munich. One of his main research foci concerns gender inequality issues in developing countries, including the measurement and determinants of gender bias in mortality, the causes and consequences of gender inequality in education and employment, and the measurement of gender bias using composite measures. He has also advised international organizations, including the World Bank, OECD, UNDP, and UNESCO on questions of gender inequality in developing countries.

Linda Lucas

Shahra Razavi

Shahra Razavi is Chief of the Research and Data Section at UN Women in New York. Prior to joining UN Women, she was a senior researcher at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) in Geneva. Shahra specializes in the gender dimensions of social development, with a particular focus on livelihoods and social policies. Her recent publications include a co-edited volume with Silke Staab, Worlds Apart: Global Variations in the Social and Political Economy of Care (Routledge, New York, 2012); a special issue of the journal, Development and Change, entitled “Seen, Heard and Counted: Rethinking Care in a Development Context” (Vol. 42, No.4, July 2011), and The Gendered Impacts of Liberalization: Towards “Embedded Liberalism”? (Routledge, 2009). Shahra is currently serving on the editorial boards for Journal of Peasant Studies, Global Social Policy, and Development in Practice. She is also a member of Scientific Committee of Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP); the International Advisory Committee of the Social Protection Programme, Women in Informal Economy Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO); and International Member of Selection Committee, King Baudouin Foundation.

Stephanie Seguino

Stephanie Seguino is Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont, USA and Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her current research explores the relationship between intergroup inequality by class, race, and gender, on the one hand, and economic growth and development, on the other. She has also explored the economics of stratification, including the gender and race effects of contractionary monetary policy. She has consulted with a wide variety of international organizations, including the UNDP, UNRISD, UNCTAD, World Bank, AFL-CIO, USAID, ECLAC, ILO, and African Development Bank.

Irene van Staveren

Irene van Staveren is Professor of pluralist development economics at the Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University, Rotterdam. She is director of the online, freely accessible database Indices of Social Development, which includes a broadly measured Gender Equality Index. She is currently writing an introductory economics textbook for a global student audience with a pluralist approach. This book includes four major economic theories as well as gender awareness and attention to inequality and power. She is member of an advisory council of the Dutch government on social development. And she is part of the think tank Sustainable Finance Lab, which argues for more fundamental financial change for a sustainable financial sector. Irene is Vice President for Development of IAFFE and a member of the editorial board of Feminist Economics. She is guest editor of a special issue on Africa that will be published in 2015.

Jayoung Yoon

Jayoung Yoon earned her PhD in economics at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is currently affiliated as a research fellow with the Korea Labor Institute based in Seoul, Korea. Her major research interests are the interface between market and care work and its implications for economic well being and gender equality. She has published several articles using time use surveys to gather information on measurements and valuations of child care time and to further the investigation of economic and non-economic factors affecting the time spent on housework and care. She is currently involved in other research areas such as labor rights of the informal care worker in the labor market, working conditions of social care workers that have dramatically expanded in the recent Korean welfare state, and working times and care regimes in the neoliberal era. She is concerned with finding out ways of valuing care work both in the home and the market, while promoting the advancement of women in the labor market.

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