You are here


Capacity-Building Workshop on Conceptual, Measurement, and Policy Issues Relating to Time and
Consumption Poverty and Women’s Economic Empowerment

March 21, 2023

Organized by the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College and
the Department of Economics, University of Ghana

The purpose of this workshop is to engage with fellow economists to enhance capacity building in research and
teaching of gender-sensitive economic analysis, with a focus on women’s economic empowerment and time use.
The workshop will be built on three pillars: a) understanding the process of statistical matching; b) understanding
and measuring time and consumption poverty; and c) understanding and measuring women’s decision-making
power. We will provide hands-on training in developing the modeling skills of the participants. Our goal is to guide
the participants toward the formulation of viable research projects focused on addressing the intersection of
decision-making power, economic empowerment, and time poverty in developing countries and the formulation
of gender-sensitive policies to enhance women’s economic empowerment and wellbeing.

We are especially interested in participants who either would like to or are currently involved in research aimed
at influencing policymaking in order to address women’s empowerment especially in the context of the use of
time. We particularly seek participants from the following countries: Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and
South Africa.

We encourage economists in academia, research institutions, government, and civil society organizations to apply.
The applicants must have completed at least two years of study in a graduate economics program or have received
a Masters' or Ph.D. degree in economics. We also consider the ability to analyze data with STATA to be a
requirement for participation. These requirements may be waived under exceptional circumstances. The program
will be conducted in English with translation into French, if necessary. Therefore, applicants are expected to be
fluent in written English and in spoken English or French. A limited number of participants will be provided a
modest stipend to help meet travel costs. The course will be held on March 21, 2023, at the University of Ghana,
Legon, Ghana.

The deadline for applications is January 27, 2023. We will communicate the decision on participation by February
10, 2023. If you require further information regarding the course, please contact: Thomas Masterson
( or Abena Oduro (

This course is made possible by the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Application procedure

Please submit your application package via the form at this link. Email Thomas Masterson if you have any
questions at:

The application should contain:
1. Current curriculum vita that includes the following:

a. Personal information: name, address, date of birth, nationality, and sex.

b. Educational background: institutions attended beginning with the current or most recent; and
degree awarded in each institution.

c. Employment: list of employers beginning with the current or most recent; and, brief description
of the position held and responsibilities at each job.

d. Language proficiency: native language, whether English was a medium of instruction, and score
in English proficiency test, if applicable.

2. Personal statement (under 750 words): a brief description of the applicant's background, experience,
and motivation for taking the workshop.