Program on Knowledge Networking and Capacity Building on Gender,
Macroeconomics and International Economics

The Gender and Macro International Working Group (GEM-IWG) is an international network of economists that was formed in 1994 for the purpose of promoting research, teaching, policy making and advocacy on gender-equitable approaches to macroeconomics, international economics and globalization. GEM-IWG promotes the sharing of knowledge in regions across the globe, organized into five Regional Groups, as well as on specific subjects, organized into nine Thematic Groups. These groups are composed of fellows, instructors, and participants from our Summer Courses and Conferences.

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Working Papers, which features working papers on gender issues from scholars both inside and outside our network.The Working Paper Series is designed to create an international forum for scholarly and policy-oriented work on these issues. The goals of the series include: to increase the visibility of and centralize access to work in the area of gender, macroeconomics and international economics; to make research immediately available to the community, up to a year or more prior to the conclusion of the lengthy review and publication processes of standard academic journals; and to increase the international supply of this research by providing a publication venue for interested researchers, including Program graduates.

GEM-IWG members perform research in many areas, including unemployment, gender budgets and fiscal policy, employer of last resort issues, migration, international trade, and more. Regional Groups have produced conferences on gender issues in specific global areas. The GEM-LAC (Latin America and Caribbean) Conference was held on August 25, while an intensive course was held on August 28-September 8, 2006. GEM-IWG also partners with sister organizations to share knowledge and hold conferences. A conference on Employment Guarantee policies: Theory and Practice was held at the Levy Institute on October 13-14, 2006. A conference on Unpaid Work and the Economy, a partnership with UNDP, GEM- IWG and the Levy Institute of Economics was held in the Fall of 2005.

The Program on Knowledge Networking and Capacity Building on Gender, Macroeconomics and International Economics, which was inaugurated in the summer of 2003, has two objectives: first, to engage with fellow economists in order to enhance capacity building in research, teaching, policy making and advocacy in this area; second, to strengthen the intellectual links among practitioners in networks working on similar issues.The Program consists of a self study module and an intensive two-week course followed by an international conference. These activities are intended primarily for economists: academics, researchers, those working in governments, international organizations or civil society organizations.

This program has received generous support from the Ford Foundation, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs, Division for the Advancement of Women, UNDP and UNIFEM. Hosted by the Department of Economics of the University of Utah.