The State and Women in the Economy: Lessons from Sex Discrimination in the Republic of Ireland

The State and Women in the Economy: Lessons from Sex Discrimination in the Republic of Ireland

by Jean Larson Pyle


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791403808
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 10/28/1990
Series: SUNY series on Women and Work Series
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Jean Larson Pyle is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Lowell.

Table of Contents




1. Women in the Economy, the State and Development: An Overview

Expectations versus Reality in the Republic of Ireland
The Basic Lesson: Its Importance for the Labor Market Literature
The Relevance of the Main Insight for Development Literature
Further Implications

2. Economic Development and Women in Ireland, 1961-1981

Economic Development in Ireland, 1961-1981
Women's Participation in the Irish Labor Force, 1961-1981, in Comparison to Other Western European OECD Countries and Singapore

3. What Went Wrong? Possible Traditional and Feminist Explanations

Adverse Sectoral Change Explanations
Relative Wage Hypothesis
Job Scarcity Argument
Feminist Approach

4. The Role of the State

The Contradictory Goals of the State
Employment Policy
Family Law and Reproductive Rights Legislation

5. The Main Lesson of the Irish Case Examined at the Regional Level

Introduction: The Lesson of the Irish Case
Testing of the Traditional Approaches
Examination of the Alternative Approach
Reexamination of the Irish Explanation in Light of the Regional Analysis

6. Lessons for the Women in the Economy Literatures and Implications for the Theory of the State and Feminist Theory

Relevance for Labor Market and Development Literatures
Implications for the Theory of the State
Implications for Feminist Theory
The Social Structure of Patriarchy: An Alternative Feminist Approach


A. The Decomposition Analysis
B. Relative Wage Hypothesis
C. Components of the Change in Population in Ireland, 1901-1981
D. Vote Maximization Function
E. Other State Policies


Selected Bibliography


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