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BeNA Guru Talk on “Women in Economics” – May 31, 2021

We are happy to announce our upcoming BeNA Guru Talk on “Women in Economics”. The Guru Talk will take place on Monday, May 31, 6:00-7:30pm as a video conference. The event is intended to give PhD-students and post-docs insights on the current state of gender equality in Economics.

This Guru Talk will address questions like: Why is it that women are still underrepresented in Economics? What can we learn from our gurus’ personal experience? What can universities, institutes and policy do to mitigate this problem? And what can everyone do individually?

Virginia Sondergeld (DIW Berlin) will start with an overview about the current state of gender inequality in the economics profession, followed by a panel discussion with our three interesting gurus: Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln (Goethe University Frankfurt), Andreas Peichl (ifo institute & University of Munich), and Katharina Wrohlich (DIW Berlin).

VIRGINIA SONDERGELD (DIW Berlin & Women in Economics Initiative)

Virginia Sondergeld is a research associate at DIW’s “Gender Economics” research group. She joined the Berlin School of Economics as a PhD student in 2019. Before her doctoral studies, Virginia gained two years of professional experience in economic consulting as an Economic Analyst at NERA Economic Consulting in the company’s energy and infrastructure practice. Virginia is Co-founder and Chair of the Board of The Women in Economics Initiative (e.V.) since July 2019.

NICOLA FUCHS-SCHÜNDELN (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln is Professor of Macroeconomics and Development at Goethe University Frankfurt. Prior to joining Goethe University in 2009, she was an Assistant Professor at Harvard University. She received her PhD in Economics from Yale University in 2004. Besides her research on disincentivizing effects of the German tax system on married women’s labor supply, she is also head of the VfS Working Group “Promotion of Women in Economics”.

ANDREAS PEICHL (ifo institute & University of Munich)

Andreas Peichl is the director of the ifo Center for Macroeconomics and Surveys and Professor of Macroeconomics and Public Finance at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU). Prior to joining LMU, he was a Professor of Empirical Public Economics at the University of Mannheim and head of the research group “International Distribution and Redistribution” at the Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. His research focuses on taxation, redistribution and economic inequality. In his seminars and media contributions, he advocates women in leadership positions and institutional reforms that promote women’s labor supply.


Katharina Wrohlich is head of the “Gender Economics” research group at the DIW. Her research focuses on the evaluation of labor market, family, and tax policies on women’s employment outcomes. Moreover, she is working on the issue of gender gaps in the labor market, in particular in terms of wages and leadership positions. Before joining the Gender Economics Research Group at DIW, Katharina was research associate (2002-2012) and deputy head (2012-2016) of the Public Economics Department at DIW Berlin. She finished her PhD at the Free University of Berlin in 2007. Prior to her doctoral studies, she studied at the University of Vienna and at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

The event will take place online via ZOOM and will be held in English. For better planning we would like to ask you to register for the Guru Talk via and we will send you the link to join the online meeting. If you have any questions, feel free to send us an e-mail.