ABOUT RETHINKING MACROECONOMICS The Rethinking Macroeconomics Working Group is bringing gender dimensions into macroeconomic models, particularly in the case of care provisioning.  Researchers in the Rethinking Macroeconomics Cluster are working

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The world outside my study is churning and whirling… as it is engulfed with the fast-evolving health situations in communities around the globe. There are many unknowns about the COVID-19 illness

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Gonzalez Garcia presenting his model at American University

The dramatic increase in life expectancy in most developed and developing countries over the last few decades has led to renewed discussions around elderly care policy options, and the debates

Hannah Randolph

Hannah Randolph is a third-year PhD student in the Economics Department at American University, with an interest in gender and development, particularly in the context of rural-urban migration. She is

Joo Yeoun Suh

An economist by training, Joo Yeoun Suh is a faculty fellow at the Department of Economics, American University. Suh’s research works to shed light on the economic significance and societal

Elizabeth King

Elizabeth M. King is currently Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, adjunct professor of Georgetown University, commissioner of 3ie, and Board member of international NGOs. She was the World Bank’s

Our Research Team

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Care Work and the Economy is producing new research and developing innovative analytic tools to advance our understanding of care work –care of children, the sick and disabled, and the elderly and to demonstrate how integrating care into policy tools such as macromodels provide a more comprehensive understanding of policy impacts on growth, distribution, and gender equality. Our research agenda has three main components: 1) Rethinking Macroeconomics, 2) Understanding and Measuring Care, 3) Gender-Aware Applied Modelling.