Thursday, May 20, 2021
Friday, May 21, 2021

In cooperation with

This conference deals with selected gender-related topics in money and finance: Does gender diversity affect economic outcomes? Would a more balanced gender mix in policy institutions such as central banks make for different or better decisions? Would a balanced gender mix in financial firms make the financial system safer? How does gender affect inflation perceptions? How does gender affect financial literacy, and what are the implications?

Scientific Committee: Ernest Gnan, OeNB and SUERF, Hervé Joly, JVI, and Doris Ritzberger-Grünwald, OeNB

Conference Proceedings (pdf)


Thursday, 20 May 2021
Online connection
Barbara Kolm, Vice President of the General Council, OeNB
Session 1 – Gender and Economic Policy Making

Does gender affect economic policy choices and ways how to take and implement decisions? Would a better gender mix broaden the scope of options considered, thus improving decisions, and economic outcomes? What does academic research tell us? What is the practical experience?

Introductory remarks: Robert Holzmann, Governor, OeNB

Moderator: Claire Jones, Financial Times
Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Christine Lagarde, President, European Central Bank

Robert Holzmann, Governor, OeNB
Session 2 – Central Bank Decisions By Committee: Does Gender Matter?

How does gender diversity affect monetary policy decisions? How do central banks do in terms of gender equality? What are remaining challenges?

Moderator: Doris Ritzberger-Grünwald, Director, Economic Analysis and Research, OeNB
Rannveig Sigurdardóttir, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Iceland

Central bank decisions by committee: does gender matter?

Sylvie Goulard, Vice Governor, Banque de France presentation

Gender, Money and Finance

Paola Profeta, Professor, Bocconi University presentation

Central bank decisions by committee: does gender matter?

Ana Ivkovic, Vice Governor, National Bank of Serbia presentation
End - Day 1
Friday, 21 May 2021
Session 3 – Gender and Risk Taking: Implications For Financial Firms and Regulation

Would a better gender mix affect financial firms’ decision making, risk behaviour and social responsibility? What are gender-specific obstacles for women to attain leading positions in financial firms? How may they be overcome?

Moderator: Karin Turner-Hrdlicka, Director, Supervision of Significant Institutions, OeNB

Women In Saudi, the silent revolution of 2030

Khlood Aldukheil, CEO, Erteqa Financial Company presentation
Gerda Holzinger-Burgstaller, CEO, Erste Bank Österreich
Becci McKinley Rowe, Managing Director, Co-Head of Fundamental Equities, BlackRock
Julie A. Nelson, Professor Emerita of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Gender and risk taking: implications for financial firms and regulation

Renée B. Adams, Professor of Finance, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford presentation
Session 4 – Gender, Financial Literacy, Inflation and COVID-19

Are there gender differences in inflation preferences, knowledge, perceptions and expectations? Are there gender differences in financial literacy? Which gender-specific effects may COVID-19 have had? If so, what are the reasons and implications?

Moderator: Petia Niederländer, Director, Payment Systems, OeNB
Sylvia Kritzinger, Professor, University of Vienna

Women’s Financial Wellbeing and Literacy

Annamaria Lusardi, Professor, George Washington University School of Business presentation

Gender and finance – A central bank’s perspective

Andréa M. Maechler, Member of the Governing Board, SNB presentation

Gender, financial literacy, inflation and COVID-19 - an Austrian perspective

Angelika Sommer-Hemetsberger, Member of the Board of Executive Directors, OeKB presentation

Can Financial Education Help Bridge The Gender Gap? Reflections from Singapore

Joanne Yoong, Program Director, USC Center for Economic and Social Research presentation
End - Day 2