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The Conundrum of Women’s Economic Empowerment in MENA

Thanks in large part to Nelson Mandela, the world came to understand the malice of apartheid. But alas, economic apartheid in South Africa remains neither understood nor close to being resolved. The country continues to be divided into the “haves” and “have nots.” Ironically, but not surprisingly, the division falls along the same racial lines […]

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The Real Obamacare Story: States’ rights and wrongful exclusion

On October 1, 2013, two key provisions of the US Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) designed to extend health insurance to the close to 41 million uninsured Americans took effect. The one that garnered all the political and media attention was the individual mandate provision, requiring individuals with no insurance to buy private health insurance […]

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Booming urban India, stagnating female labor force participation: What gives?

Stephan Klasen and Janneke Pieters India’s economy has grown fast over the past two decades as women started having fewer children, schooling rates increased rapidly accompanied by decline in the education gender gap, and the labor market returns to education increased. Despite these changes, all of which should have promoted rising participation, urban women’s labor […]

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Work–Family Balance Policy alla Turca

On October 30, 2013, in the opening ceremony of the National Economics Congress in İzmir, Turkey, Prime Minister Erdoğan announced economic policy targets for 2023, the 100th year of the Turkish Republic. Among them: the lofty goal of increasing GDP to US $2 trillion (from $786 million), thereby placing Turkey among the top-ten highest GDP countries […]

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The Yellen Project

Tue. Sept. 3:  Heidi Hartmann contacts me to see if I want to run a petition drive with her; I agree to draft a letter for economists to sign supporting Janet Yellen for U.S. Federal Reserve Chair. Wed. Sept. 4:  Worry we are too far behind the curve to have much effect at this point […]

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