Policy in the Pub: How to encourage girls in STEM and reduce the gender pay gap?


From: Wednesday November 8, 2023, 5:30 pm

To: Wednesday November 8, 2023, 7:00 pm

Labour market outcomes remain disproportionately low for women in high-paid occupations. This is surprising given that women have matched or surpassed men in many educational outcomes, such as college access and persistence. These achievement gaps are smaller in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects, often still showing boys' advantage followed universally by higher college enrolment rates of men in these fields of study. This pattern determines gender occupational and income differences in the labour market.

I will discuss recent research on how to change the gender occupational sorting and the gender pay gap by affecting students’ school environment and teacher attitudes. I will focus on the impact of a) having visible role models, b) reducing teacher biases, and c) having high quality teachers. Understanding the implications of those policy-relevant topics is important for students’ human capital formation and labour market outcomes.

About the Speaker

Rigissa Megalokomomou is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Monash University. Her research is in applied micro-economics, focusing on policy-relevant questions in education, migration, and labour economics. Her research has appeared in top academic outlets, such as the American Economic Review, American Economics Journal: Applied Economics and Economics Journal, and has been featured in media outlets including The Guardian, The Conversation and The New York Times. She has received several awards and prizes, such as the Young Economist Prize by UniCredit & Universities, a Rising Star award, and the 2021 Employee Excellence Award. Rigissa obtained her PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick.


Date: Wednesday 8 November 2023
Time: Attendees are welcome to arrive from 5:30pm to enjoy drinks downstairs (at own cost) for a 6.00pm start
Cost: Free of charge

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