Invited Speakers

Shoshana Grossbard

Shoshana Grossbard is a member of the Family Inequality Network, HCEO, University of Chicago, a research fellow at IZA, CESifo and GLO, and a scholar in residence and professor emerita at San Diego State University. She has published two solo-authored books, 5 edited books, and more than 80 refereed articles in academic journals. Most of the articles were published in economics journals, but some articles and entries appeared in sociology journals, demography journals, a history book, interdisciplinary books and the International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

She has made novel contributions to labor economics, economics of the family, economics of gender, and law and economics. She was first to analyze labor supply, fertility, participation in redistribution programs as a function of intra-household bargaining and marriage market conditions, and has made multiple theoretical and empirical contributions to the economics of marriage and cohabitation pioneered by Nobel prize winner Gary Becker, her mentor at the University of Chicago.

Shoshana is ranked among the top 5% of women in economics and of all economists according to REPEC (Research Papers in Economics); more than 5000 people follow her when she tweets as @econoflove.


Victor Lavy

Victor Lavy is a Professor in Economics at the University of Warwick and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. Victor ranks among the world’s top economists in the economics of education, development economics and labour economics. In particular, he is in the top 2% of most cited economists worldwide. Besides his academic career, Victor Lavy has repeatedly worked as an economist and consultant for the World Bank as well as for Israel’s Ministry of Education.  His papers have been published at top journals in the field of economics, such as the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Labor Economics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Economic Journal.

He is known for exploiting natural experiments to explain and estimate human capital formation, gender differences, teacher biases, returns to schooling, school choice and peer effects. One of his papers, co-authored with Joshua Angrist, “Using Maimonides’ Rule to Estimate the Effect of Class Size on Children’s Academic Achievement” has been cited more than 2,000 times and has received the 2nd place at the 2000 Griliches Prize for Empirical Economics.


Gigi Foster

Dr Gigi Foster is a Professor with the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales.  She has published over 40 academic works in diverse fields including education, social influence, corruption, lab experiments, time use, behavioural economics, and Australian policy, with contributions appearing in both economics and multidisciplinary outlets. A member of Australia’s National Economic Panel, Professor Foster served in 2012-13 on the National Economics Learning Standards working party and on the Australian Research Council’s inaugural Engagement and Impact assessment panel in 2018.

Her teaching, featuring strategic innovation, interactivity, and integration with research, was awarded a 2017 Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.   Professor Foster was also awarded Young Economist of the Year 2019 by the Economic Society of Australia. In addition to her research and teaching activities, Professor Foster engages heavily on economic matters with the Australian community.  Her regular media appearances include co-hosting The Economists, a national economics talk-radio program premiered in 2018, with Peter Martin on ABC RN.