Research Session 8: Gender Gaps in Trade: Does Digitalisation Hold Solutions?

Research Session 8: Gender Gaps in Trade: Does Digitalisation Hold Solutions?
December 7
2:30 pm
 – 4:15 pm
Room W

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The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed businesses around the world to turn to digital trade, allowing them to resume trading during this global crisis. But how are women-owned export businesses managing this digital transition? How do trade agreements support inclusive digitalisation? These questions will be addressed in this research session chaired by Bernard Hoekman (European University Institute). Researchers will release data on the gender digital divide and assess the impact of digital tools on the gender export gap. New answers will be provided on the impact of regional trade agreements and joint statement initiatives on women’s participation in e-commerce, especially in the context of a global pandemic. Finally, a government representative will contribute to the discussion, providing a policymaker’s perspective on how trade policies can better support women exporters engaged in e-commerce.

Research papers to be presented:

  • Sustainable Development and Women’s Empowerment: The Challenges and Opportunities of Digitalization (authored by Chiara Piovani and Simonetta Zarrilli)
  • Can Online Platforms Promote Women-Owned Exporting Firms? (authored by Jennifer P. Poole and Christian Volpe Martincus)
  • The Role of the WTO’s Joint Statement Initiatives in Promoting Gender-inclusive Governance (authored by Amalie Giødesen Thystrup)
  • E-Commerce Adoption and Its Impact on the Performance of Women-led MSMEs in Metro Manila: An Ex-ante Study for RCEP (authored by Jill Angeli V. Bacasmas, Jean Clarisse T. Carlos and Jovito Jose P. Katigbak)



Chiara Piovani
Associate Professor in Economics, University of Denver

Simonetta Zarrilli
Chief, Trade, Gender and Development Programme, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Jennifer P. Poole
Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University

Amalie Giødesen Thystrup
PhD Trade Expert, University of Copenhagen

Bernard Hoekman
Professor and Director, Global Economics, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute in Florence

Jill Angeli V. Bacasmas
Author, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Jean Clarisse T. Carlos
Project Development Officer , Philippine Institute for Development Studies

Jovito Jose P. Katigbak
Foreign Affairs Research Specialist , Foreign Service Institute

H. E. Sofía Boza Martínez
Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO, Chile

Christian Volpe Martincus
Principal Economist, Inter-American Development Bank