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The Routledge Handbook of Feminist Economics

ISBN 9780367074142
Published May 24, 2021 by Routledge
516 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Feminist Economics presents a comprehensive overview of the contributions of feminist economics to the discipline of economics and beyond.

Each chapter situates the topic within the history of the field, reflects upon current debates, and looks forward to identify cutting-edge research. Consistent with feminist economics’ goal of strong objectivity, this Handbook compiles contributions from different traditions in feminist economics (including but not limited to Marxian political economy, institutionalist economics, ecological economics and neoclassical economics) and from different disciplines (such as economics, philosophy and political science). The Handbook delineates the social provisioning methodology and highlights its insights for the development of feminist economics. The contributors are a diverse mix of established and rising scholars of feminist economics from around the globe who skilfully frame the current state and future direction of feminist economic scholarship.

This carefully crafted volume will be an essential resource for researchers and instructors of feminist economics.

Table of Contents

List of figures x

List of tables xi

List of contributors xii

Preface xvii

Introduction 1

1 The social provisioning approach in feminist economics:

the unfolding research 3

Günseli Berik and Ebru Kongar


Core concepts and frameworks 23

2 Feminist challenges to development economics 25

Lourdes Benería and Gita Sen

3 Feminist political economy 34

Smriti Rao and A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi

4 Feminist institutional economics 43

Ellen Mutari

5 Conceptualizing patriarchal systems 53

Nancy Folbre

6 Feminist ecological economics 62

Patricia E. Perkins

7 The capability approach 72

Ingrid Robeyns

8 Human rights and feminist economics 81

Radhika Balakrishnan and James Heintz

9 Care work 90

Katherine A. Moos

10 Three faces of agency in feminist economics: capabilities,

empowerment, and citizenship 99

Naila Kabeer

11 Beyond separative and soluble selves 108

Julie A. Nelson

12 Intersectional identities and analysis 118

Nina Banks


Methods, methodology, and measurement 127

13 Feminist use of quantitative methods 129

Joyce P. Jacobsen

14 Feminist use of qualitative/interpretive methods 138

Peregrine Schwartz-Shea

15 Time allocation and time-use surveys 148

Maria S. Floro

16 Measurement of well-being 157

Irene van Staveren


Resources for provisioning 167

17 The feminization of the labor force and five associated myths 169

Jane Humphries and Carmen Sarasúa

18 Gender discrimination in the US Labor market 179

Heidi Hartmann and Jessica Milli

19 Contingent work and the gig economy 189

Deborah M. Figart

20 Labor markets and informal work in the global south 198

Alma Espino and Daniela de los Santos

21 International trade and women workers in the global south 207

Nidhiya Menon and Yana van der Meulen Rodgers

22 Rural women’s livelihoods and food security in Africa 216

Dzodzi Tsikata and Gertrude Dzifa Torvikey

23 Global migration and care chains 225

Sarah Gammage

24 Sex work and trafficking 234

Francesca Bettio

25 Women’s work in post-reform China 243

Xiao-yuan Dong and Fiona MacPhail

26 Market reform in transition economies 254

Mieke Meurs

27 Environmental resources and gender inequality: use, degradation,

and conservation 264

Bina Agarwal

28 Poverty 274

İpek İlkkaracan and Emel Memiş

29 Family formation in the US and Western Europe 284

Elaine McCrate

30 Gender division of labor among couples 293

Lisa Giddings

31 Intrahousehold decision-making and resource allocation 303

Cheryl Doss

32 Assets, wealth, and property rights in the global south 312

Carmen Diana Deere and Abena D. Oduro

33 Intimate partner violence 321

Jacqueline Strenio

34 Reproductive health and economic empowerment 330

Kelly M. Jones and Anna Bernstein


Institutions and policies 339

35 Gender and economic growth 341

Stephanie Seguino

36 Care and the macroeconomy 351

Elissa Braunstein

37 Gendering the analysis of economic crises 360

Jill Rubery

38 Degrowth 369

Corinna Dengler

39 Care regimes in the European Union 378

Janneke Plantenga

40 The fragmented state of work-family policies in the US 390

Randy Albelda

41 Care policies in the global south 400

Valeria Esquivel

42 Collective bargaining and unions in the US 409

Tanima Ahmed and Ariane Hegewisch

43 The quest for inclusion in economics in the US: fifty years

of slow progress 420

Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe


International governance and social provisioning 431

44 Group-based financial services in the global south: examining

evidence on social efficacy 433

Ranjula Bali Swain and Supriya Garikipati

45 The sustainable development goals: reflections from a feminist

economics perspective 441

Shahra Razavi

46 Global social policy 450

Corina Rodríguez Enríquez

47 Gender budgeting 459

Diane Elson

48 Smart economics 468

Elisabeth Prügl

49 International labor standards and tripartism 477

David Kucera

50 Cooperatives 486

Simel Eşim

Index 495

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Günseli Berik is Professor of Economics at the University of Utah, USA. Her research and teaching are in the fields of development economics, gender and development, feminist economics, and political economy of ethnicity, gender, and class. Her latest book is Gender, Development, Globalization: Economics as if All People Mattered (2016), coauthored with Lourdes Benería and Maria Floro. She served as Editor of Feminist Economics from 2010 to 2017 and as consultant for the ILO, UNDP, UNRISD, UN Women, and the World Bank. Recently, she worked with the UNDP and UN Women in the development of new gender equality and women’s empowerment indices.

Ebru Kongar is Professor of Economics at Dickinson College, USA. Her research focuses on the gendered time-use and labor market outcomes of macroeconomic developments, such as deindustrialization, offshoring, and the Great Recession in the US economy. She is Associate Editor of Feminist Economics and Research Associate at the Gender Equality and the Economy Program of Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. Her latest book is Gender and Time Use in a Global Context (2017), co-edited with Rachel Connelly.


"This valuable and well-constructed volume provides an excellent illustration of the internationally collaborative processes of feminist economics. The papers amplify and deepen the social provisioning approach, offering cutting edge insights into all aspects of economic life while embracing a heterodox approach that transcends disciplinary limits." — Marilyn Power, Professor Emerita of Economics, Sarah Lawrence College.