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The third annual Women in Macro Conference brought together influential women economists from around the world working in the field of macroeconomics, broadly defined. The objective of the conference is to feature the high-quality work of women in a field in which they are significantly under-represented. It provides participants an informal venue to strengthen their research and build their network, particularly to women at early stages of their careers. This year, the conference also included a policy panel featuring Gita Gopinath and Sandra Black, moderated by Laura Veldkamp, discussing the economic effects of COVID-19. We are happy that during these challenging times we were able to hold the conference virtually, allowing for a much broader audience.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Job Search Behavior among the Employed and Non-Employed


Aysegul Sahin, University of Texas at Austin


Discussant: Claudia Sahm, Washington Center for Equitable Growth

11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Why are Average Hours Worked Lower in Richer Countries?


Discussant: Lisa Kahn, University of Rochester

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Assets and Job Choice


Arlene Wong, Princeton University
Co-authors: Titan Alon and Natalie Bachas


Discussant: Elena Pastorino, Stanford University

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Place-Based Redistribution


Cecile Gaubert, University of California, Berkeley
Co-authors: Patrick Kline and Danny Yagan


Discussant: Nancy Stokey, University of Chicago

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Exchange Rates and Uncovered Interest Differentials: The Role of Permanent Monetary Shocks


Discussant: Vivian Yue, Emory University

Friday, September 25, 2020
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Rational Sentiments and Economic Cycles


Discussant: Cecilia Parlatore, NYU Stern

10:45 am - 11:30 am
How the Wealth Was Won: Factor Shares as Market Fundamentals


Discussant: Annette Vissing-Jorgensen, Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley

11:30 am - 11:45 am
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Policy Panel: COVID-19 and the Economy
Sandra Black, Columbia University


Moderator: Laura Veldkamp, Columbia University

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Houses and Families across Countries


Discussant: Marla Ripoll, University of Pittsburgh

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Quantifying Efficient Tax Reform


Ellen McGrattan, University of Minnesota
Co-author: Job Boerma


Discussant: Marina Azzimonti, Stony Brook University

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Universal Base Income: a Dynamic Assessment


Raquel Fernández, New York University
Co-author: Diego Daruich


Discussant: Stefanie Stantcheva, Harvard University