Feminist economics posts

August, 2014 Monthly archive

The latest step toward expanding equality for LGBT employees

Several weeks ago, President Obama took a big step toward equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the U.S.  He signed an executive order that forbids employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors that sell goods and services to the U.S. government.  This marks the first time […]

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Teaching feminist economics to gender-blind policymakers in Hanoi

Feminist economists have an impact on policy; however, those impacts are not often immediately apparent. I was starkly reminded of this when, in early August, I had the opportunity to do a day’s teaching on “Gender and the Economy” in English and Vietnamese to the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration […]

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Hierarchy of needs or synergy of goals?

In a recent article in Foreign Affairs, Marc Bellemare (1) joins the current debate on aid effectiveness, arguing for a targeted approach that focuses on basic needs and raising incomes. Other endeavors—such as gender equality, environmental sustainability, breastfeeding, cookstoves, and an independent media—are a distraction, he argues, and will, in any case, automatically follow once […]

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