AXA Research Lab on Gender Equality

Donor: AXA

About us

The AXA Research Lab on Gender Equality promotes research in social sciences related to gender. We carry out theoretical and empirical high-quality research with a strong policy impact. Research includes all areas of gender economics, gender policies, and gender diversity management. The Lab aims to promote gender equality in the economic and social spheres through rigorous scientific methodologies.

Who we are


Paola Profeta


 Caroline Coly       Silvia Griselda        Giulia Savio


Ximena Calò

Research Assistant

Alda Marchese


Sebastian Cuschiè -

Steering Committee

Paola Profeta

Francesco Billari

Bruno Busacca

Laura Candotti

External Fellows

Roberto Occhiuzzi

Natalia Ordaz Reynoso

Giulia Vattuone



  • Silvia Griselda (2021), Different Questions, Different Gender Gap: Can the Format of Questions Explain the Gender Gap in Mathematics?

Family, labour and fertility

  • Paola Profeta, Population ageing and the gender gap, in “Routledge Handbook on the Economics of Ageing” D. Bloom, A.Sousa Poza and U. Sunde (eds)

  • Paola Profeta, Did COVID-19 affect the division of labor within the household? Evidence from two waves of the pandemic in Italy (with D. Del Boca, N. Oggero, M.C. Rossi) CEPR COVID Economics 75



  • P. Profeta with C. Accettura, Gender differences in political budget cycles 

Women's  Empowerment

  • P. Profeta with G. Ferrari, V. Ferraro, C. Pronzato, Do Board Gender quotas matter? Selection, performance and the stock market effects, Management Sciences

  • P. Profeta with D.Masciandaro and D. Romelli, Boards and Gender: The case of monetary policy


  • P. Profeta with M. Angelici, Smart-working: Work flexibility without constraints (R&R)

  • Natalia Ordaz Reynoso, Paid Maternity Leave and Women’s Human Capital: Evidence from California

  • Natalia Ordaz Reynoso et al., Learning and Unlearning: Gender Policy Diffusion Dynamics


Policy Reports

Media and Events








  • Quota erosa, RAI3 TG3 Fuori TG (ed. 08/03/2021 ore 12:25)


  • AXA Research Lab on Gender Equality Seminar Series: download here the full program. 

Other events:

  • December 2nd, 2021
    Field Days: Experiments outside the laboratory

    Giulia Savio presenting the paper "Does Scarcity of Female Instructors Create Demand for Diversity among Students? Evidence from Observational and Experimental Data"

  • November 25th, 2021
    To fight violence against women 

    Paola Profeta

  • November 11th-13th, 2021
    #2021APPAM — The Power of Inclusion

    Silvia Griselda 
    (AXA Research Lab on Gender Equality)
    Presenter at Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM)

  • September 23rd, 2021
    "Gender Pension Gaps"

    Paola Profeta at Budapest Pension Seminar 2021, Hungarian State Treasury




  • May 24th, 2021
    Dondena Research Meeting — Bocconi University

    Silvia Griselda (AXA Research Lab on Gender Equality)
    presents the paper "Different Questions, Different Gender Gap: Can the Format of Questions Explain the Gender Gap in Mathematics?"



  • April 28th, 2021
    Gender and social pay gaps — methodological issues

    Silvia Griselda 
    (AXA Research Lab on Gender Equality)
    Presenter at Scottish Economic Society (SES) Virtual 2021. April 26-April 28 2021




  • April 15th, 2021
    Women and Leadership: the Power of Change

    With Susannah Wellford (CEO & Founder of Running Start), Alessia Mosca (Vice President and Secretary General of Italy-ASEAN) and Paola Profeta (Director of AXA Research Lab on Gender Equality, Bocconi University)




  • March 10th, 2021 at 12:10
    Lecture by Kirsty Lievers
    (Global Head of Culture, Inclusion and Diversity)

    Click here to join the meeting. 


  • March 9th, 2021 at 12:00
    Gender equality on decision-making positions: assessing progress

    With Anne Boring (AXA Women and Business Chair at SciencesPo), Georges Desvaux (Chief Strategy Officer at AXA), Paola Profeta (Director, Axa Gender Lab on Gender Equality, Bocconi), Monika Queisser (Head of Social Policy, OECD).

    Moderated by Francesca Donner (Women and Gender Editor, New York Times).

    Click here to watch the meeting. 


Please contact Paola Profeta ( for more information about the AXA Research Lab on Gender Equality.