Archived Webinar

How does domestic and reproductive work responsibilities affect women’s access to and quality of productive work?

About the Webinar

Women bear a disproportionate share of responsibilities of the world’s unpaid domestic and care work. At the household level, the extent of such work mediates important decisions about participation of women in the labor market. Drawing on several pieces of research in countries in Southeast Asia, the World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific Gender Innovation Lab (EAPGIL) will discuss how domestic and care work consistently affects women’s labor market decisions such as whether to work or not, or the nature of work to perform (wage work or entrepreneurship, occupation, sector, number of hours, etc.). In the webinar, we will discuss the contributing factors to these decisions as well as their implications and will put forth potential policy responses to improve gender equality in accessing high-quality, productive work.


About the Webinar Series: Solutions for Women’s Empowerment

Governments and donors dedicate substantial resources to programs to advance gender equality. It is critical that those involved in these efforts have the data, knowledge, and evidence needed to design the most effective programs and policies. This webinar series will feature experts from across the World Bank Group (WBG), presenting the very latest evidence and innovation, and its implications for policies and programs, to help close gaps between women and men, boys and girls. The webinar series will explore a range of topics central to the WBG’s Gender Strategy. It aims to help practitioners and policymakers expand their understanding of emerging topics and introduce them to proven approaches that can be scaled by governments and the private sector. This Solutions for Women’s Empowerment webinar series, and the knowledge presented, is supported by the WBG’s Umbrella Facility for Gender Equality (UFGE)—made possible with generous contributions from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the United States, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

About the Presenters

Daniel Halim

Daniel Halim is an applied microeconomist in the World Bank Gender Group. Before joining the Gender Group, Daniel was a consultant with the World Bank East Asia & Pacific Gender Innovation Lab, where he worked on an inferential research studying the role of childcare on maternal employment and an impact evaluation project of a large-scale government program to reduce undocumented migration. Daniel works at the intersection of development, labor, education, and gender economics. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Personal website:, Twitter:

Hillary Johnson

Hillary Johnson is an Economist with the East Asia and Pacific Gender Innovation Lab in the East Asia and Pacific Chief Economist Office. Her expertise is in applied research, including impact evaluations and survey design. She has worked on various topics, including gender, entrepreneurship, and socioemotional skills development. She holds a Master’s in International Development Economics from Université Paris Dauphine.

Maria C. Lo Bue

Maria C. Lo Bue is a development economist currently working as a research associate at UNU-WIDER. Prior to that, she was a postdoc researcher and lecturer at the University of Goettingen (2017-2019) and Verona (2016-2017). Maria obtained her PhD from the University of Göttingen, with a doctoral dissertation on the complementarities of child health achievements, analysing microdata from Indonesia. Maria has conducted extensive research on the evolution and drivers of child nutrition, reproductive health, education, inequality and socio-economic mobility in Indonesia. Recent projects at UNU-WIDER include works on women economic empowerment, intergenerational mobility and on the evolution of clientelistic practices in low- and middle-income countries.

Questions Submitted

Mahaman Mourtala

- Sep 16, 2021


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- Aug 24, 2020
Quite interesting and informative.


- Jun 14, 2020
Nice one


- Jun 3, 2020
Good job

Mohammad Nadir

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- May 21, 2020
great work!


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