Conference : Gender Inequality : The Role of Business (27 May)

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PSE - Paris School of Economics and the Institute of Public Policy (IPP) are pleased to invite you to the online conference "Gender Inequality: The Role of Business".

Date: 27 May 2021, from 2 to 6.30 pm

Registration: The conference will be held online (Zoom).

To attend, register via the online form.

Program :

14:00 - 14:05: Welcoming remarks by Thomas Breda (PSE, CNRS)

14:05 - 16:15: Academic views and international perspective

  • Roland Rathelot (University of Warwick): The role of commuting times
  • Nina Roussille (MIT) : Women don't ask ? What do we know about women's and men's wage demands?
  • Nicolas Jacquemet (PSE, Paris 1) : Discrimination in hiring
  • Emma Duchini (University of Warwick) : Can pay transparency reduce the gender pay gap?
  • Elyès Jouini (PSE, Université Paris Dauphine-PSL) : The role of educational choices from an early age
  • Anne Boring (Erasmus School of Economics and Sciences Po) : Effective initiatives to promote equality in companies

Questions (10 minutes)

Conclusion by Esther Duflo (MIT, Nobel Prize 2019)


16h30-18h30: Gender pay inequalities in French companies today: measures and remedies.

Presentation by the Institute of Public Policy (Paul Dutronc-Postel, Joyce Sultan Parraud, Maxime Tô):

  • 50 years of gender pay inequality
  • More or less virtuous companies
  • A look back at the equality index set up by the French government to fight against inequalities

Round Table :

  • Moderated by Léa Lejeune (Economic journalist at Challenges magazine and member of the Haut Conseil à l’Egalité)

With :

  • Sophie Binet (Co-Secretary General of the UGICT-CGT)
  • Selma Mahfouz (Director of Dares)
  • Dominique Meurs (Professor at the University of Paris Nanterre and Executive Director of the Chair of Labour)
  • Marie-Pierre Rixain (LREM Member of Parliament for the 4th constituency of Essonne and bearer of the bill aiming at accelerating professional equality)
  • Alexandre Saubot (President of France Industrie)

The round table aims to discuss, on the basis of the research work presented during the day, public policies that make it possible to limit gender inequality in companies, with particular reference to the measures taken by France.

Questions (15 minutes)

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Conjugating entrepreneurship with women: what prospects for tomorrow ? (March 11th)

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See you on March 11th at 6:30 pm!

From the very small proportion of women in the tech sector to inequalities in access to financing, female entrepreneurship still faces many challenges in France in 2021. Being a historically complicated area of access for women, entrepreneurship would gain a lot from a greater feminization, particularly in terms of economic performance and gender equality. To this end, entrepreneurs, incubators and institutional actors must think and launch new initiatives.

To discuss this topic, the Women in Business Chair is joining forces with We_Start, Sciences Po's entrepreneurship student association, and with Women In Business, a Sciences Po student association promoting female leadership in the private sector to organize this conference which will take place online on Thursday, March 11, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, in the presence of four guests:

  • Anne Boring, Director of the Women in Business Chair, Assistant Professor of economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Associate Researcher at Sciences Po.
  • Youssef Oudahman, co-founder of Meet My Mama.
  • Caroline Ramade, founder and CEO of 50inTech, fellow at Station F and member of the Board of Directors of UN Women France.
  • Eva Sadoun, founder and president of and Rift, co-president of Mouvement Impact France.

This event is open to all. 

The Zoom link will be sent by email after registration here : registration (FR).

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Events for March 8, 2021, Women's Rights Day

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Events for March 8, 2021, Women's Rights Day 

9-10:30 a.m. : Annual meeting of the Observatoire de la RSE

As every year, on International Women's Rights Day, March 8, the Observatoire de la RSE organizes a debate on gender equality issues.

This year, given the health situation, this meeting will be held remotely. Meet up to exchange on your experience during the lockdown.

With telecommuting and partial activity, the time spent at home is not the same. What has changed in the home organization, in the distribution of domestic tasks and the sharing of family responsibilities? If there are changes, will they be permanent? 

Program :

  • Anne Lambert, sociologist, research fellow in charge of the LIST unit - Housing, Spatial Inequalities and Trajectory at the Institut national d'études démographiques (INED), co-author of the "Housing and Living Conditions" survey carried out in partnership with the Coconel consortium, ANR, IRD, and IFOP.
  • Anne Boring, economist and associate researcher at the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for the Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics of Erasmus University Rotterdam. She also heads the first Women in Business Chair of  Sciences Po.
  • Françoise Milewski, economist at the Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques (OFCE) and President of the Scientific Council of the PRESAGE program, head of the research group "Gender, employment and public policies" (GEPP). She is a member of the CESE (Economic, Social and Environmental Council) and the Higher Council for Professional Equality.

More information (FR)

Watch the debate (FR)

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM : Webinar : “The State of Competition: Regulatory Intervention in a Post-COVID World”

 On 8th of March join the W@CompetitionNL Webinar on "The State of Competition: Regulatory Intervention in a Post-COVID World" and hear from:

 Key note speaker:

  • Anne Boring, Assistant Professor at the Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Head of the Women in Business Chair at Sciences Po, Paris (LIEPP & PRESAGE)

Anne Boring will talk us through her recent research on how COVID-19 lockdowns have exposed a shift towards more traditional beliefs in gender norms, i.e. less equal gender norms. Anne’s results suggest that beliefs in more unequal gender norms seem to be related to increases in economic uncertainty caused by the health crisis. Furthermore, she will discuss gender diversity in firms and more specifically the main diversity policies (gender quotas, mentoring and network programmes, diversity training to change firm culture, and family friendly policies) that have been implemented and their effectiveness, shortcomings, as well as potential future steps that could help guide policy.

 Panel :

  • Dr. Prof. Gülbahar Tezel, Professor of Practice in Competition and Regulatory Economics, Partner PwC
  • Ingrid Vandenborre, Competition lawyer, partner at Skadden’s Brussels
  • Dr. Anne-Claire Hoyng, Director Global Competition and Consumer law at

 Moderated by Dr Nicole Rosenboom (competition economist, Oxera)

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Gender Equality in Decision-Making Positions : Assessing Progress (March 9th)

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Part of the AXA Research Fund Expert Series

Gender equality is one of the most important transformations of the last century. Not only a matter of rights, gender equality also has positive consequences for economic growth and business. Although academic research on gender-related issues is growing in the field of social science, gender gaps and female under-representation in the labour market remain widespread throughout the world. Policy intervention is needed to push for the reduction of gender gaps in business and politics. During this webinar, we will assess progress in obtaining gender equality in decision-making positions in both business and government.

Webinar Guests :

  • Paola Profeta, Professor of Public Economics at Università Bocconi, Milano, and Coordinator of the Dondena Gender Initiative. 
  • Anne Boring, Head of the Women in Business Chair at Sciences Po, Paris, and Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
  • Georges DesvauxChief Strategy and Business Development Officer and Member of the Management Committee of the AXA Group. 
  • Monika Queisser, Senior Counsellor to the Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate and Head of Social Policy Division at the OECD, where she supervises and coordinates the work on social protection, social indicators, pensions, affordable housing and family policies.
  • Francesca Donner, The New York Times gender director and editor of In Her Words, a column at The Times covering politics, economics, business, health, culture and society through a gender lens.

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Podcast : Inequalities, discrimination and the world of work in 2021

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Invited by the podcast "Vocation" for an episode devoted to "Inequalities, discrimination, and the world of work in 2021", the Chair was able to look back on the work it is carrying out and discuss in particular inequalities and stereotypes in the academic world and the labor market. 

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