The goal of this conference is to enhance diversity within the field of international economics by providing junior women with a forum to present work and receive constructive feedback and mentorship. We hope that the conference will facilitate the development of networks between junior and senior women in the field.  

Women in International Economics Conference

Fourth Women in International Economics Conference

October 26-27, 2023

Hosted by the University of Rochester


Day 1: Thursday October 26th


08:30-09:00 Breakfast


09:00-10:00 “The Gains from Foreign Investment in an Economy with Distortions”

Presenter:  Isabela Manelici, London School of Economics

Discussant: Nina Pavcnik, Dartmouth College


10:15:11:15 Global Value Chains, International Risk Sharing and the Transmission of Productivity Shocks

Presenter: Rana Sajedi, Bank of England

Discussant:Ina Simonovska, UC Davis


11:30-12:30 Keynote Address

Breaking Invisible Barriers: Does Fast Internet Improve Access To Input Markets? 

Speaker: Beata Javorcik, Oxford University


12:30-13:30 Lunch


13:30-14:30 Export Market Expansion, Labor-Market Power, and Labor Shares: Evidence from a Small Open Economy

Presenter: Trang Hoang, Federal Reserve Board of Governors

Discussant: Cristina Tello-Trillo, US Census


14:45-15:45 The Roadblock Effect: War Shocks, Modal Shifts and Population Changes

Presenter: Yan Hu, University of Edinburgh

Discussant: Hȃle Utar, Grinnell College


16:00-17:30 Women in International Economics Mentoring Groups 


18:00 Dinner - by invitation only



Day 2: Friday October 27th 


08:30-09:00 Breakfast


09:00-10:00 Liquidity, Debt Denomination, and Currency Dominance

Presenter: Chenzi Xu, Stanford GSB

Discussant: Friederike Neipmann, Federal Reserve Board 


10:15-11:15 Information and Communication Technology and Firm Geographic Expansion

Presenter: Xian Jiang, UC Davis

Discussant: Vanessa Alviarez, IADB


11:30-12:30 Liability Dollarization and Exchange Rate Pass-Through” 

Presenter: Annie Lee, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Discussant: Jing Zhang, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago


12:30 Lunch and Adjourn


The Organizing Committee:

Yan Bai (University of Rochester)

Laura Castillo-Martinez (Duke University)

Stefania Garetto (Boston University)

Eunhee Lee (Seoul National University)

Nitya Pandalai-Nayar (University of Texas at Austin)

Meredith Startz (Dartmouth College)

WoanFoong Wong (University of Oregon)



*** We adopt the same definition of the term junior woman as the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP) of the American Economic Association: “The term junior woman usually refers to anyone identifying as a woman or nonbinary who is untenured, or who has received a PhD less than seven years ago; but could also refer to a woman who has not yet presented papers widely.”