1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Feminist Economics

Edited By Günseli Berik, Ebru Kongar Copyright 2021
    516 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    516 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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

    PART I

    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

    PART V

    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


    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.