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The mission of the Research Program in  Gender, Institutions, and Culture is to generate evidence-based research with the goal to enhance our understanding of gender differences in various domains, including households, education, the labor market, STEM fields, wealth, engagement of risky behaviors, health, public health, political empowerment, victimization, and perpetration. Ultimately, our research findings will serve as a guide for policy making, specifically directed at advancing social justice.

The program is led by the researcher Núria Rodríguez-Planas and financed with an ERC Advanced Grant entitled, WomEmpower: The Causal Effect of Motherhood, Gender Norms, and Cash Transfers to Women on Intimate Partner Violence (2024-2029).

The Research  Program will measure gender gaps in different areas, identifying the causes driving these gaps and the consequences of these disparities. Special attention will be devoted to disentangling the different roles of institutions and culture using quantitative methods and population-based data. Gender analysis will be conducted by researchers straddling a variety of fields, including:


  • Gender Economics
  • Cultural Economics
  • Evaluation of programs and policies
  • Household Economics
  • Economics of Education
  • Labor Economics
  • Immigration Economics
  • Poverty and Wealth
  • Financial Literacy
  • Urban Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Public Health
  • Violence Against Women & Domestic Violence
  • Political Empowerment


Topics of interest:

Policies, Institutions, and Social Justice in Labor Economics and Human Capital Development

Social Norms and Behavioral Decisions

Public Health Issues



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