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    Yana van der Meulen Rodgers is a Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She teaches courses and conducts research in feminist economics, labor studies, economics of the family, development economics, and nutrition and food policy.  Many of her studies have focused on East and South Asian economies, and she has traveled to and lived in Asia to conduct her research.
    She has published numerous articles in refereed economics journals and has written a book entitled Maternal Employment and Child Health: Global Issues and Policy Solutions (Edward Elgar Publishing, November 2011).  She has also served as President of the International Association for Feminist Economics in 2013-14, and she has served as an associate editor for Feminist Economics since 2005. She has also worked regularly as a consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Asian Development Bank.
    Yana is an avid runner and enjoys racing, especially half-marathons.

    Degrees Held:

    Ph.D. in Economics, Harvard University, 1993
    MA in Economics, Harvard University, 1989
    B.A. in Economis, Cornell University, 1987

    Professional Affiliations:

    Professor, Women's and Gender Studies Department, Rutgers University

    Recent Publications:

    “The Impact of the Minimum Wage on Male and Female Employment and Earnings in India,” Asian Development Review, forthcoming (with Nidhiya Menon).

    “Land Reform and Welfare in Vietnam: Why Gender of the Land-Rights Holder Matters,” Journal of International Development, forthcoming (with Nidhiya Menon and Alexis Kennedy). 

    “Voice and Agency: Where Are We Now?” Feminist Economics 22 (1), January 2016, 1-29 (with Sarah Gammage and Naila Kabeer).

    “War and Women’s Work: Evidence from the Conflict in Nepal,” Journal of Conflict Resolution 59 (1), February 2015, 51-73 (with Nidhiya Menon).

    “Women’s Land Rights and Children’s Human Capital in Vietnam,” World Development 54 (2), February 2014, 18-31 (with Nidhiya Menon and Huong Nguyen).

    “Labor Regulation and Job Quality: Evidence from India,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 66 (4), July 2013, 933-957 (with Nidhiya Menon).

    “Impact of the 2008-2009 Twin Economic Crises on the Philippine Labor Market,” World Development 40 (11), November 2012, 2318-2328 (with Nidhiya Menon).

    “What's Macroeconomic Policy Got To Do with Gender Inequality? Evidence from Asia,” Global Social Policy 12 (2), August 2012, 183-189 (with Günseli Berik).

    “How Access to Credit Affects Self-Employment: Differences by Gender during India’s Rural Banking Reform,” Journal of Development Studies 47 (1), January 2011, 48-69 (with Nidhiya Menon).

    “Options for Enforcing Labor Standards: Lessons from Bangladesh and Cambodia,” Journal of International Development 22 (1), January 2010, 56-85 (with Günseli Berik). 

    Research Interests:

    Feminist economics, labor studies, economics of the family, development economics, and nutrition and food policy

    Awards And Honors:

    Associate Editor, Feminist Economics (1/05-Present).

    Advisory Board Member, Journal of Bangladesh Studies (11/13-Present).

    Editorial Board Member, Diversity Research Institute Journal (3/16-Present).

    Research Associate, Levy Economics Institute (4/16-Present).

    Associate Editor, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (2/13-12/15).

    Current Courses:

    Minimum Wage and Worker Rights

    Minimum Wage and Worker Rights (Open Campus)