The Feminist Economics of Trade

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Overview

Unravelling the complex relationship between gender inequality and trade, this is the first book to combine the tools of economic and gender analysis to examine the relationship between international trade and gender relations.

It brings together fourteen contributions from a variety of economic perspectives, including structuralist, institutionalist, neoclassical and Post-Keynesian by a range of authors including Lourdes Benería, William Darity, Marzia Fontana and Mariama Williams to demonstrate what feminist economics has contributed to the analysis of international trade, through theoretical modelling, econometric analysis and policy-oriented contributions. It includes evidence from industrialized, semi-industrialized, and agrarian economies, using country case studies and cross-country analysis.

Arguing that trade expansion and reduction of gender inequality can be combined, but only if an appropriate mix and sequence of trade and other economic policies is implemented, this book is key reading for all students of international economics, gender and cultural studies and politics and international relations, amongst other disciplines.

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Meet the Author

Irene van Staveren is Associate Professor of Feminist Development Economics at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, the Netherlands. She is also Professor of Economics and Christian Ethics at Radboud University, Nijmegen.

Diane Elson is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK and Affiliated Professor in Feminist Development Economics at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, the Netherlands.

Caren A. Grown is a Senior Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute, Bard College, USA.

Nilüfer Çatagay is Associate Professor of Economics and a faculty member of the Middle East Studies and Women's Studies Programs at the University of Utah, USA.

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Table of Contents


List of figures     vii
List of tables     ix
Notes on contributors     xiii
Acknowledgments     xvii
Introduction: why a feminist economics of trade?   Diane Elson   Caren Grown   Irene van Staveren     1
Trade and gender: framing the issues     11
Gender and the social construction of markets   Lourdes Beneria     13
Mainstream, heterodox, and feminist trade theory   Diane Elson   Caren Grown   Nilufer Cagatay     33
Impacts of gender inequality on trade     53
Gender, trade, and development: labor market discrimination and North-South terms of trade   Shaianne Osterreich     55
The formal structure of a gender-segregated low-income economy   William A. Darity, Jr     78
Macroeconomic effects of reducing gender wage inequality in an export-oriented, semi-industrialized economy   Robert A. Blecker   Stephanie Seguino     91
Impacts of trade on gender inequality     115
Modeling the effects of trade on women, at work and at home: comparative perspectives   Marzia Fontana     117
Mature export-led growth and gender wage inequality in Taiwan   Gunseli Berik     141
Export-ledindustrialization and gender differences in job creation and destruction: micro evidence from the Turkish manufacturing sector   Sule Ozler     164
Gender segregation and gender bias in manufacturing trade expansion: revisiting the "Wood Asymmetry"   David Kucera   William Milberg     185
Importing equality or exporting jobs? Competition and gender wage and employment differentials in US manufacturing   Ebru Kongar     215
Feminist approaches to trade policy     237
Gender, codes of conduct, and labor standards in global production systems   Stephanie Barrientos     239
Gender indicators for monitoring trade agreements   Irene van Staveren     257
Gender issues in the multilateral trading system   Mariama Williams     277
Gender equity and globalization: macroeconomic policy for developing countries   Stephanie Seguino   Caren Grown     292
Index     317
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