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What do tacos & economics have in common?
Not a lot but if you stop by the Buehler Center's "Ask an Economist" research clinic, we will serve you a taco and answer any economic questions you have about y​our research!
Welcome new Buehler Post-Doc

Dr. Garth Walker is an Emergency Physician at the Jesse Brown Veteran Affairs Hospital. He received a T37 Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Northwestern University Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training Program directed by Dr. Melissa Simon. Walker is spending his fellowship year working in Injury Control Science combatting opioid and firearm deaths at the Buehler Center for Health Policy & Economics and the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Walker is a life-long Chicagoan, raised on the south side with community engagement in both public school education, economic justice and violence prevention. He has published on firearm violence, the Affordable Care Act, and clinical outcomes. Walker is also a father, an active cross-trainer, and co-founder of a health tech platform. 

Why the majority of the world's poor are women

Hoan works at the Tinh Loi Garment Factory, in North Vietnam, where she works on average 62 hours each week, earning $1 an hour, packaging t-shirts and shirts for global export.

Gender inequality is one of the oldest and most pervasive forms of inequality in the world. It denies women their voices, devalues their work and make women’s position unequal to men’s, from the household to the national and global levels. Despite some important progress in recent years, no country has achieved gender economic parity and women are still more likely than men to live in poverty.
Lower-paid, unpaid, undervalued: gender inequality in work 

Low Wages. Across the world, women are in the lowest-paid work.  Globally, they earn 24% less than men and at the current rate of progress, it will take 170 years to close the gap. 700 million fewer women than men are in paid work.

Lack of decent work. 75% of women in developing regions are in the informal economy -  where they are less likely to have employment contracts, legal rights or social protection, and are often not paid enough to escape poverty. 600 million are in the most insecure and precarious forms of work.

Unpaid care work. Women do at least twice as much unpaid care work, such as childcare and housework, as men – sometimes 10 times as much, often on top of their paid work. The value of this work each year is estimated at at least $10.8 trillion – more than three times the size of the global tech industry.

Longer workdays. Women work longer days than men when paid and unpaid work is counted together. That means globally, a young woman today will work on average the equivalent of 4 years more than a man over her lifetime.

Tabitha 36, is a domestic worker. She lives in one of Nairobi’s biggest informal settlements. She is from southeastern Kenya, where she has sent her children to live as she can’t afford to feed them or send them to school on her weekly wage of 200 - 250 shillings (approx. $2.50). Photo: Allan Oxfam

Gender inequality in the economy costs women in developing countries $9 trillion a year – a sum which would not only give new spending power to women and benefit their families and communities, but would also provide a massive boost to the economy as a whole.

Increasing women's economic equality would reduce poverty for everyone.

Countries with higher levels of gender equality tend to have higher income levels, and evidence from a number of regions and countries shows closing the gap leads to a reduction in poverty.

In Latin America for instance, an increase in the number of women in paid work between 2000 and 2010 accounted for around 30% of the overall reduction in poverty and income inequality.

Supporting women to have access to quality and decent work and improve their livelihoods is therefore vital for fulfilling women’s rights, reducing poverty and attaining broader development goals. Women’s economic empowerment is a key part of achieving this. We need a human economy that works for women and men alike, not just a fortunate few.
'Open Buehler Center faculty positions'
The following position is currently open at the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics within the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine:
Health Economist Professor Assistant, associate or full professor – Tenure Track. The Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, is seeking a full-time health policy professor at any rank. Learn more

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