9:30—5:30 PM
Center for Global Development
2055 L St, NW
- Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20036

The Third Annual Birdsall House Conference on Women: Reproductive Choices to Life Chances: The Links between Contraception and Women’s Economic Empowerment


Related publications

Reproductive Choices to Life Chances: New and Existing Evidence on the Impact of Contraception on Women’s Economic Empowerment 

Family Planning and Fertility Behavior: Evidence from Twentieth Century Malaysia

Can Access to Contraception Deliver for Women’s Economic Empowerment? What We Know – and What We Must Learn

Family Planning Program Effects: A Review of Evidence from Microdata

Safer Women, Safer World: A Fund to Increase the Number of Women UN Peacekeepers and Better Protect Women and Girls in Conflict Situations


Keynote Addresses

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

Rachel Glennerster, Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (incoming Chief Economist, UK Department for International Development)

Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, Former President of Malawi

Presentations and discussions

Nancy Birdsall, Center for Global Development – download presentation

Julia Bunting, Population Council

Jocelyn Finlay, Harvard University – download presentation

Markus Goldstein, World Bank

Nikhil Gupta, Cornerstone Research – download presentation

Jason M. Lindo, Texas A&M University – download presentation

Grant Miller, Stanford University

Thomas Mroz, Georgia State University – download presentation

Lois Quam, Pathfinder International

Ishita Rajani, Analysis Group – download presentation

Beth Schlachter, FP2020

Rachel Silverman, Center for Global Development – download presentation

Monique Vledder, Global Financing Facility


Masood Ahmed, Center for Global Development

Amanda Glassman, Center for Global Development

The Birdsall House Conference Series on Women seeks to identify and bring attention to leading research and scholarly findings on women’s empowerment in the fields of development economics, behavioral economics, and political economy.

On December 7th, academics, private sector representatives, and policymakers will turn to an issue that affects women in rich and poor countries alike: the ability to make informed, voluntary, and autonomous choices about childbearing, and the implications of reproductive choice as a lever to expand women’s economic and life prospects. Until recently, there has been a lack of rigorous empirical evidence on the links between contraceptive access and women’s economic empowerment in low- and middle-income countries. The 2017 Birdsall House Conference will feature new findings on this relationship alongside existing evidence from the United States.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided, and copies of new research products will be available for attendees.

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