Event Type

Public Event

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

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:30pm



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)

Presentations and discussions

Nancy Birdsall, Center for Global Development

Julia Bunting, Population Council

Nikhil GuptaCornerstone Research

Jason M. Lindo, Texas A&M University

Grant Miller, Stanford University

Thomas Mroz, Georgia State University

Ishita RajaniAnalysis Group

Beth Schlachter, FP2020

Addtional panelists to be announced.


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.

Event Registration

Location, Date & Time

Center for Global Development
2055 L St, NW - Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Thursday, December 7
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Draft agenda is here.

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