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:

Research Areas

Gender Aware Applied Modeling

The Gender-Aware Applied Modelling Working Group develops country-specific macroeconomic tools that integrate care and gendered behaviors to further policy discourse regarding the impact of policies on economic, welfare and distributional outcomes.

Rethinking Macroeconomics

The Rethinking Macroeconomics Working Group brings gender dimensions into macroeconomics by incorporating unpaid and paid care of children, the sick, disabled and the elderly into existing macroeconomic models.

Understanding and Measuring Care

The Understanding and Measuring Care Working Group promotes a deeper understanding of the nature of care work and the well-being of caregivers by developing innovative indicators and methodological approaches and producing new research that illustrates the intersectionality of care provisioning, economic growth and distribution.


Portrait of Caren Grown

Senior Director, Gender

World Bank

Close up of Cem Oyvat

Lecturer in Economics

University of Greenwich

Portrait of Diane Elson

Emeritus Professor

Essex University

Portrait of Elissa Braunstein

Professor of Economics

Colorado State University

Portrait of Emiko Ochiai

Professor of Sociology

Kyoto University

Portrait of Hans Lofgren

Independent Consultant

Portrait of James Heinz

Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Hyuna Moon

Senior Researcher

Institute of International Affairs, Seoul National University