Feminist economics of inequality, development, and growth

Günseli Berik, Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, Stephanie Seguino

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Abstract

This study examines connections between intergroup inequality and macro-economic outcomes, considering various channels through which gender, growth, and development interact. It upholds the salience not only of equality in opportunities but also equality in outcomes. The contribution argues that inequalities based on gender, race, ethnicity, and class undermine the ability to provision and expand capabilities, and it examines the macroeconomic policies that are likely to promote broadly shared development. It explores how the macroeconomy acts as a structure of constraint in achieving gender equality and in turn how gender relations in areas like education and wage gaps can have macro-level impacts. Further, it underscores that the interaction of the macroeconomy and gender relations depends on the structure of the economy, the nature of job segregation, the particular measure of gender inequality, and a country's international relations. Finally, it outlines policies for promoting gender equality as both an intrinsic goal and a step toward improving well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-33
Number of pages33
JournalFeminist Economics
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics

Keywords

  • Development
  • Feminist economics
  • Gender
  • Growth
  • Inequality
  • Macroeconomic policy

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