Global Foundational Analysis to Close the Gender Profitability GAP (GPG)

EEA’s Institutional Profile

The Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA) is a non-profit, non-partisan, and independent research and membership organization, established under the Ethiopian law in 1992. Since its formation EEA has strived to: a) provide its members a platform of network, experiential learning, and access to current information; b) generate evidence-based analysis on an evolving social, economic and environment realities of Ethiopia so that policymakers, practitioners, business community, researchers, development partners and the general public are informed; c) contribute to frontier and emergent economic thinking relevant to the Ethiopian context and to advanced research methodologies, academic rigor, and development processes.

Vision: EEA aspires to become a premier professional association serving as a center of excellence regionally and internationally for providing unconstrained and evidence-based economic policy research and analysis.

Mission: To provide a platform for networking, information and learning; to inform and influence evidence-based policymaking; to offer prioritized training; and to contribute to the advancement of the discipline of economics.

Project Profile

  • Project title:Global Foundational Analysis to Close the Gender Profitability GAP (GPG)
  • Funding organization:Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
  • Lead applicant/grantee:Ethiopia Economics Association (EEA)
  • Sub-awards/Co-applicants:
    • New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)
    • Vassar College (VC)
    • College of Development Studies (CoDS) at Addis Ababa University (AAU)
  • Duration of the project: 31 Months (November 2020 to June 2023)
  • Research team
    • EEA: Mengistu Ketema, Degye Goshu, Abule Mehari, Marta Beczon, Lemessa Abdisa, and two pre-doc researchers (to be employed)
    • NYUAD:  Morgan L. Hardy
    • Vassar College: Gisella Kagy
    • AAU: Emebet M. Hassen, Emezat Hailu, Aseffa Seyoum, and Aynalem Mengesha,

Project objectives

The project has two broad and related but distinct research objectives, global and national component.

  1. Global foundational analysis on GPG
    1. Improved understanding of global business and policy environment for WOE
    2. Increasing knowledge of global stylized facts, trends, and predictors of GPG (Synthesizing and analyzing existing secondary data)
    3. Synthesizing existing research and evidence (meta-analysis and re-analysis through a gender lens)
  2. National research & analysis on GPG and women economic empowerment (WEE) in Ethiopia
    1. National analysis of the GPG in Ethiopia
    2. Generate and integrate two new papers on ‘Gender and the Economy’ into the SEE 2021 and 2022 reports
    3. Collaborate on interdisciplinary analysis on the barriers to women’s work in Ethiopia

Expected outcomes and outputs

  1. Global component of GPG
  • Primary outcome 1: Foster a global research initiative and policy discussion among researchers and policy makers to best close the GPG experienced by WOE
    • Improved understanding of global business and policy environment faced by WOE for policy makers and global researchers
    • Harmonize data useful for global researchers and policy makers focused on closing the GPG.
    • Increase knowledge of global stylized facts, trends, and predictors of GPG
    • Increased cohesion of existing research focused on identifying drivers of and potential solutions to close the GPG
    • Improve engagement among policy makers, in-country researchers, and global research community regarding solutions to best close the GPG
  1. National component
  • Primary outcome 2: Scientific evidence on gender balance and the economy in Ethiopia is produced and relevant policy interventions proposed
    • GPG in Ethiopia is assessed and relevant policy interventions proposed
    • The link between gender and economy in Ethiopia is investigated
    • Interdisciplinary research on WEE in Ethiopia is conducted
    • Strong and sustained partnership and networking of EEA with major partners (including BMGF, NYU, Vassar College, AAU) is established
    • Improved capacity of EEA in rigorous gender research

Project Highlight

Funding organization :Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Lead applicant/granteeEthiopia Economics Association (EEA)