The Feminist Economics of Trade

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Irene van Staveren, Diane Elson, Caren Grown, Nilufer Cagatay
Routledge, Aug 6, 2012 - Business & Economics - 334 pages

Unravelling the complex relationship between gender inequality and trade, this is the first book to combine the tools of economic and gender analysis to examine the relationship between international trade and gender relations.

It brings together fourteen contributions from a variety of economic perspectives, including structuralist, institutionalist, neoclassical and Post-Keynesian by a range of authors including Lourdes Benería, William Darity, Marzia Fontana and Mariama Williams to demonstrate what feminist economics has contributed to the analysis of international trade, through theoretical modelling, econometric analysis and policy-oriented contributions. It includes evidence from industrialized, semi-industrialized, and agrarian economies, using country case studies and cross-country analysis.

Arguing that trade expansion and reduction of gender inequality can be combined, but only if an appropriate mix and sequence of trade and other economic policies is implemented, this book is key reading for all students of international economics, gender and cultural studies and politics and international relations, amongst other disciplines.


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Why a feminist economics of trade?
framing the issues
Part II Impacts of gender inequality on trade
Part III Impacts of trade on gender inequality
Part IV Feminist approaches to trade policy

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Irene van Staveren is Associate Professor of Feminist Development Economics at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, the Netherlands. She is also Professor of Economics and Christian Ethics at Radboud University, Nijmegen.

Diane Elson is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK and Affiliated Professor in Feminist Development Economics at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, the Netherlands.

Caren A. Grown is a Senior Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute, Bard College, USA.

Nilüfer Çatagay is Associate Professor of Economics and a faculty member of the Middle East Studies and Women's Studies Programs at the University of Utah, USA.

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