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The Feminist Economics of Trade

1st Edition

Edited by Irene van Staveren, Diane Elson, Caren Grown, Nilufer Cagatay


334 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Why a Feminist Economis of Trade? Part 1: Trade and Gender: Framing the Issues 2. Gender and the Social Construction of Markets 3. Mainstream, Heterodox and Feminist Trade Theory Part 2: Impacts of Gender Inequality on Trade 4. Gender, Trade and Development: Labour Market Discrimination and North-South Terms of Trade 5. The Formal Structure of a Gender-segregated Low-income Econmy 6. Macroeconomic Effects of Reducing Gender Wage Inequality in an Export-oriented, Semi-industrialized Economy Part 3: Impacts of Trade on Gender Inequality 7. Modelling the Effects of Trade on Womem at Work and at Home: Comparative Perspectives 8. Mature Export-led Growth and Gender Wage Inequality in Taiwan 9. Export-led Industrialization and Gender Differences in Job Creation and Destruction: Micro Evidence from the Turkish Manufacturing Sector 10. Gender Segregation and Gender Bias in Manufacturing Trade Expansion: Revisiting the 'Wood Asymmetry' 11. Importing Equality or Exporting Jobs?: Competition and Gender Wage and Employment Differentials in U.S. Manufacturing Part 4: Feminist Approaches to Trade Policy 12. Gender, Codes, and Labor Standards in Global Production Systems 13. Gender Indicators for Monitoring Trade Agreements 14. Gender Issues in the Multilateral Trading System 15. Gender Equity and Globalization: Macroeconomic Policy for Developing Countries

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge IAFFE Advances in Feminist Economics

The International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) aims to increase the visibility and range of economic research on gender; facilitate communication among scholars, policymakers, and activists concerned with women's wellbeing and empowerment; promote discussions among policy makers about interventions which serve women's needs; educate economists, policymakers, and the general public about feminist perspectives on economic issues; foster feminist evaluations of economics as a discipline; expose the gender blindness characteristic of much social science and the ways in which this impoverishes all research - even research that does not explicitly concern women’s issues; help expand opportunities for women, especially women from underrepresented groups, within economics; and, encourage the inclusion of feminist perspectives in the teaching of economics.

The IAFFE book series pursues the aims of the organization by providing a forum in which scholars have space to develop their ideas at length and in detail. The series exemplifies the value of feminist research and the high standard of IAFFE-sponsored scholarship.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic Conditions
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General