Feminist economics posts


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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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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