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Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life

Edited by Deborah M. Figart, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, US and Tonia L. Warnecke, Rollins College, US
The Handbook illuminates complex facets of the economic and social provisioning process across the globe. The contributors – academics, policy analysts and practitioners from wide-ranging areas of expertise – discuss the methodological approaches to, and analytical tools for, conducting research on the gender dimension of economic life. They also provide analyses of major issues facing both developed and developing countries. Topics explored include civil society, discrimination, informal work, working time, central bank policy, health, education, food security, poverty, migration, environmental activism and the financial crisis.
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Publication Date: 2013
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Radical and Feminist Economics
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Family and Gender Policy
In the aftermath of global economic downturn, it has never been more important to understand how gender relates to economic life and well-being. This interdisciplinary collection of original research details key areas of intersection, provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of research and proposes avenues for further investigation.

The Handbook illuminates complex facets of the economic and social provisioning process across the globe. The contributors – academics, policy analysts and practitioners from wide-ranging areas of expertise – discuss the methodological approaches to, and analytical tools for, conducting research on the gender dimension of economic life. They also provide analyses of major issues facing both developed and developing countries. Topics explored include civil society, discrimination, informal work, working time, central bank policy, health, education, food security, poverty, migration, environmental activism and the financial crisis.

Economists, sociologists and political scientists will find this book to be an invaluable research tool, as will academics, researchers and students with an interest in economics – particularly feminist economics – gender studies and global studies.
‘This volume has all the best features of a true handbook. Besides being well organized and well edited, it explains its subject—feminist economics in the context of neoclassical economics—in detail, in its important elements, and from a variety of approaches. … Economists and other social scientists will want to keep this volume on their shelves for reference and to assist their students.’
– Lorna Marsden, Canadian Studies in Population

‘The Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life edited by Debrorah Figart and Tonia Warnecke is an insightful compilation of 33 articles describing the research on the interactions between gender and economic life. It seeks to show how gender permeates every facet of economic life (the "process of provisioning for well-being") even though it is routinely disregarded by mainstream neoclassical models. The Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life is a grand success. Each chapter evaluates an area where gender is missing in economic models, where policy need to be addressed, and/or where stylized facts exemplify the central role gender plays.

The strength of the Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life lies in its breadth of coverage. The easy-to-read, well-written, and non-technical chapters would be ideal for a class on gender economics, globalization, or women's studies.

The Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life provides a comprehensive evaluation of gender economics. It would be difficult to find a student who could not find a topic appealing to his or her particular interests.’
– Erin George, Eastern Economic Journal

‘This volume brings together various theoretical and empirical contributions of well-known feminist economists covering a wide range of time-appropriate topics across countries. They include formal and informal labor market participation, the care economy, employment policies that affect women, and education, health and welfare. A must read for faculty, students, and practitioners of economics, feminist economics, sociology, and public and health policy... Highly recommended.’
– S. Chaudhuri, Choice

‘The excellent list of themes and chapters in this volume reflects the maturity reached by feminist economics in its different dimensions. Based on the notion of social provisioning for all as the basic objective of economics, they represent a challenge to conventional economic thought and they show the importance of understanding theory, institutions, empirical work, and policy from a gender perspective. The global perspective provided through themes and authors is a very useful contribution to the literature.’
– Lourdes Benería, Cornell University, US

‘Standard economics has a narrow and distorted vision of what “the economy” is, and how it works. Gender scholars are on the forefront of developing better, more encompassing models of human provisioning for well-being. This volume presents a wonderful sampling of these new theoretical and empirical developments.’
– Paula England, New York University, US

‘This is an impressive collection that delves deeply and broadly into the myriad ways that gender shapes and alters economic lives and illuminates complex facets of the economic and social provisioning process across the globe. The chapters, by an exciting variety of researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners from numerous fields, present a consistent and persuasive vision of economic well-being as critical to the flourishing of all people.’
– Myra H. Strober, Stanford University, US
Contributors: R. Albelda, N. Banks, D.K. Barker, S. Bergeron, H. Boushey, E. Braunstein, S. Charusheela, Z. Emami, D.M. Figart, A. Gaye, J. Ham, C. Harders, A. Hegewisch, E. Hirsh, H. Hollingdale, B.E. Hopkins, M. Kim, E.M. King, J. Klugman, M. Kovacevic, K. Krupp, D. Lallement, H. Liepmann, P. Madhivanan, N. Mansour, E. McCrate, L. McIntyre, N. Menon, J.A. Nelson, V.T. Nguyen, A. North, P.E. Perkins, V.S. Peterson, A. Philipose, J. Plantenga, M. Power, C. Remery, K. Rondeau, M. Saffar, S. Seguino, N. Stecy-Hildebrandt, E. Unterhalter, Y. van der Meulen Rodgers, I. van Staveren, T.L. Warnecke, R. Watterson, D. Weichselbaumer, B. Young, E. Zambrano
Contents:

Foreword
Diane Elson

Introduction
Deborah M. Figart and Tonia L. Warnecke

PART I: ANALYTICAL TOOLS
1. A Social Provisioning Approach to Gender and Economic Life
Marilyn Power

2. Feminist Economics as a Theory and Method
Drucilla K. Barker

3. Intersectionality
S. Charusheela

4. Gender, Well-being and Civil Society
Nisrine Mansour

5. Gender and Caring
Julie A. Nelson

6. Teaching and Learning for Economic Life
Zohreh Emami

PART II: INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXTS FOR PROVISIONING
7. Gender and Provisioning under Different Capitalisms
Barbara E. Hopkins

8. International Development Institutions, Gender and Economic Life
Suzanne Bergeron

9. Infrastructure and Gender Equity
Dominique Lallement

10. How Gendered Institutions Constrain Women’s Empowerment
Irene van Staveren

PART III: INFORMAL AND FORMAL WORK
11. Informal Work
V. Spike Peterson

12. Gender Inequality in the Workplace
Elizabeth Hirsh, Hazel Hollingdale and Natasha Stecy-Hildebrandt

13. Occupational Segregation and the Gender Wage Gap in the US
Ariane Hegewisch and Hannah Liepmann

14. Race and Ethnicity in the Workplace
Marlene Kim

15. Discrimination in Gay and Lesbian Lives
Doris Weichselbaumer

PART IV: EMPLOYMENT POLICIES
16. Low-wage Mothers on the Edge in the US
Randy Albelda

17. Employer-oriented Schedule Flexibility, Gender and Family Care
Elaine McCrate

18. Work–Family Reconciliation Policies in Europe
Janneke Plantenga and Chantal Remery

19. The Role of the Government in Work–Family Conflict in the US
Heather Boushey

PART V: MACROECONOMIC POLICIES, FINANCE AND CREDIT
20. From Micro-level Gender Relations to the Macro Economy and Back Again
Stephanie Seguino

21. Central Bank Policy and Gender
Elissa Braunstein

22. Credit and Self-employment
Nidhiya Menon and Yana van der Meulen Rodgers

23. Gender, Debt and the Housing/Financial Crisis
Brigitte Young

PART VI: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATION AND HEALTH
24. Measuring Gender Disparities in Human Development
Amie Gaye, Jeni Klugman, Milorad Kovacevic, Sarah Twigg and Eduardo Zambrano

25. Girls’ Schooling and the Global Education and Development Agenda
Elaine Unterhalter and Amy North

26. Intersecting Sources of Education Inequality
Elizabeth M. King and Vy T. Nguyen

27. The Health of the World’s Women
Purnima Madhivanan and Karl Krupp

28. A Case of Gendered Hazards and Health Effects for Ultra-poor Women
Rita Watterson, Lynn McIntyre and Krista Rondeau

29. Gender and Food Security
Anandita Philipose and Mishka Saffar

PART VII: CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL ISSUES
30. Family Migration in the US
Nina Banks

31. Environmental Activism and Gender
Patricia E. Perkins

32. Engendering Peace, Conflict and Violence
Cilja Harders

33. Trafficking and Gender
Julie Ham

Index