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Gender Inequality, Gender Norms, and Australia’s Convict Past

September 1, 2022 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

2022 Griffin Economic History Public Lecture

Gender Inequality, Gender Norms, and Australia’s Convict Past
Presented by Professor Pauline Grosjean, School of Economics, UNSW

Professor Pauline Grosjean will discuss the relationships between gender inequality and norms about gender roles, such as beliefs about the appropriate way women and men should behave. She will discuss her research about how historically male biased sex ratios in Australia still influence the way women and men behave today and their respective welfare. Professor Grosjean will also see how Australia’s special case illustrates more universal patterns of interactions between societal gender norms and economic and gender inequality, as studied in her book “Patriarcapitalism” (published in French in September 2021, forthcoming in English).

The University of Melbourne gratefully acknowledges support for the Griffin Economic History Public Lecture from the Peter Griffin and Terry Swann Foundation.

We are pleased to announce that this lecture will be delivered in person. Join us for pre-lecture drinks from 5:30pm.

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Venue: Copland Theatre (B01), The Spot (110), University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus.


Professor Pauline Grosjean

School of Economics, UNSW

Pauline Grosjean is a Professor in the School of Economics at UNSW. Previously at the University of San Francisco and the University of California at Berkeley, she has also worked as an Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She completed her PhD in economics at Toulouse School in Economics in 2006 after graduating from the Ecole Normale Supérieure. Her research studies the historical and dynamic context of economic development. In particular, she focuses on how culture and institutions interact and shape long-term economic development and individual behaviour. She has published research that studies the historical process of a wide range of factors that are crucial for economic development, including cooperation and violence, trust, gender norms, support for democracy and for market reforms, immigration, preferences for education, and conflict. Her recent book deals with the historical roots of gender norms and how they have influenced female-male inequality in the workforce over the 20th century (Patriarcapitalisme, Le Seuil, Sep 2021, forth. in English).