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The first ever WinE event was organised during the 2005 EEA Congress held in Amsterdam – a meeting room where women could go was opened for 2 hours on 2 days of the Congress.

The EEA decided to provide this meeting point again at the 2006 Congress in Vienna and increased its services offered to women participants by providing nursery facilities.

In 2007, during the Budapest Congress, the meeting point was replaced by a lunchtime reception, which was seen as a networking opportunity for the women present. A babysitting service was provided once again. In Budapest, WinE also sponsored a very well-attended workshop on successful publishing.

Unfortunately, towards the end of 2007, the WinE Chair, Professor Monika Schnitzer, stepped down from her role and the 2008 events took place thanks to the help of Professor Eliana La Ferrara, Università Bocconi, Milan. At the Milan Congress, Eliana organised a workshop on how to get tenure and ensured that the WinE lunch reception went ahead. 

The WinE Committee was inactive during 2009, but in 2010, Silvana Tenreyro, London School of Economics, who had recently been elected to sit on the Council of the EEA, accepted to chair and revitalise the WinE committee. The first part of 2010 was dedicated to establishing the Committee and planning a feasible programme for the next few years. During the EEA Congress held in Glasgow in 2010, WinE held an informal gathering during a break that was open to EEA members and discussed issues about women in economics. During the Glasgow Congress, the WinE Committee put forward a proposal to the EEA Executive Committee for an award dedicated solely to female economists. The EEA Council approved the proposal a day later.

At the 2011 Congress held in Oslo, the EEA President, Christopher Pissarides officially announced the institution of the Birgit Grodal Award - a prize to a European-based female economist who has made a significant contribution to the Economics profession. During the same congress, the WinE committee held a special open session and discussed two main issues: first, the appallingly low numbers of women in economics, and second, the implications that this lack of female representation has both for research and policymaking and its externalities on society as a whole. The speakers were Per Krusell and Helene Rey and the session was chaired by Silvana Tenreyro. The WinE committee members also used the opportunity of the session to discuss the future activities of the committee, one of which was the setting up of a mentoring programme in future congresses. 

During the 2012 Malaga Congress, WinE held their first lunchtime invited session.  Raquel Fernandez, New York University, chaired the session, entitled "The Gender Gap", and to an audience of approximately 200, Raquel presented her paper "The Disappearing Gender Gap: The Impact of Divorce, Wages, And Preference on Education and Women's Wor"', while Paul Seabright and Marie Lalanne, Toulouse School of Economics, presented their paper "The Old Boy Network: Gender Differences in the Impact of Social Networks on Renumeration in Top Executive Jobs".     

In 2013 Raffaella Giacomini, University College London, who had recently been elected to sit on EEA Council, replaced Silvana Tenreyro, whose 4-year term as Chair of WinE had come to an end. Silvana, who had worked with her Committee for a number of months on a workable programme for an EEA WinE Mentoring Retreat, handed the draft over to Raffaella and the newly formed WinE Committee finalised details and inaugurated the first ever EEA WinE Retreat the day before the start of EEA-ESEM Gothenburg. The WinE Retreat has been held annualyl ever since and is very successful. In September 2015The Review of Economic Studies (REStud), in keeping with its tradition to encourage research by young economists, decided to financially support the Retreat on an annual basis. The EEA is very grateful to REStud for this. From 2017, the European Central Bank (ECB) also kindly donates to support the WinE Retreat.

2017, under the chairpersonship of Emmanuelle Auriol (Chair from 2016 to 2018), saw the WinE Committee invest in the development of a web scraper programme, which crawls through the websites of European institutions regularly. The objective of this is to monitor the status of women in the profession in Europe and undertake information collection -  it is difficult to address the problem of gender unbalance if it is not known exactly how bad the problem is and where the bottlenecks are. The WinE Committee organised a lunch session, entitled " Women in Economics: Career in Academia in the EU and in the US ", at EEA-ESEM Lisbon around this data collection. The two invited speakers were Guido Friebel from Goethe University and WinE Committee member who developed the web scraper, and Janet Currie from Princeton University. The session can be viewed on the EEA YouTube channel here




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