International Perspectives on Gender and Public Policy
T TH 2:15-3:55
208-H Rike Hall
Office hours: T TH 1-2, T 4-5, or by appointment
Prerequisite: EC 204,205 or EC200
Articles available on electronic reserve. Password: Gender
MODE OF LEARNING
Students are ultimately responsible for what they choose to take away from this course. Learning is facilitated through lecture, reading assignments, writing assignments, and class discussion. Reading each assignment before the class for which it was assigned allows you, as the student, a full opportunity to understand the discussion and ask questions that will help you to understand the material and relate it to your own educational and life experience.
COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES
This course is a broad overview of feminist analysis of economic policy in a wide range of developing and developed nations. It explains how gender affects the often unintended outcomes of economic policy in a variety of areas and how economic policy affects gender. Topics include: valuing women’s unpaid work, gender bias in public spending, tax policy, macroeconomic policy, regulation of globalization, environmental policy, property rights, population policies, and regulation of advertising and media.
At the end of the course students should be able to should be able to explain how the institution of gender influences economic outcomes and how economic policy affects gender in a wide variety of policy arenas. Students will also be able to articulate the various feminist positions in policy debates in each of these areas.
Midterm 300 pts
Short Essays 300 pts
Cumulative Final 400 pts
You are expected to check your E-mail periodically. You are responsible for any information that has been e-mailed to you using your wright state e-mail address you.
If you are unable to attend class, it is your responsibility to obtain notes from another student. However, there is no substitute for participating in class. Although attendance is not taken, every two class periods you miss represents 10% of the material, equivalent to one letter grade.
The University policies on Academic Dishonesty including plagiarism will be strictly enforced.
Meaning of Gender
International Differences in Economic Institutions
Nelson, Julie A. 1996. Feminism, Objectivity and Economics. London ; New York: Routledge. (Chapter 1)
Folbre, Nancy. 1994. Who Pays for the Kids? : Gender and the Structure of Constraint. London ; New York: Routledge. (Chapter 1)
Robeyns, Ingrid. 2003. "Sen's Capability Approach and Gender Inequality: Selecting Relevant Capabilities." Feminist Economics 9(2/3): 61-92.
Valuing Women=s Unpaid Work
Unpaid work in the household
Counting women=s work
State Supported Childcare and Child payments
Wages for Housework Campaign
Duggan, Lynn. 2003. "East and West German Family Policy Compared: The Distribution of Childrearing Costs." Comparative Economic Studies 45(1): 63-86.
Ellingsæter, Anne Lise. 1999. "Dual Breadwinners between State and Market," in . Rosemary Crompton ed Restructuring Gender Relations and Employment: The Decline of the Male Breadwinner, pp. 40-59. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Graber, Lena and John Miller, 2002. “Wages for Housework: The Movement and the Numbers,” Dollars and Sense. 45-46.
Gender Bias in Public Spending/Gender Budgeting
How is public spending gender biased?
Problems with GDP as measurment
Gender Budgeting Methodology
Gender Budgeting as a Political Strategy
Bridge InBrief. Issue 12: Gender and Budgets http://www.bridge.ids.ac.uk/dgb12.html
Himmelweit, Susan, 2002. “Making Visible the Hidden Economy: The Case for Gender Impact Analysis of Economic Policy” Feminist Economics 8(1): 49-70.
Sharp, Rhonda and Ray Broomhill. 2002. ABudgeting for Equality: The Australian Experience.@ Feminist Economics 8(1): 25-47.
Budlander, Debbie, Rhonda Sharp and Kerri Allen, How to Do a Gender-Sensitive Budget Analysis: Contemporary Research and Practice. Commonwealth Secretariat. 1998.
Taxes and Social Security (Social Insurance)
Tax Policy and Women=s Control Over Income
Tax Policy and Family Structure
Pensions Rights of Women and Men
Abramovitz, Mimi and Sandra Morgen. 2006. Taxes Are a Women's Issue: Reframing the Debate. New York: Feminist Press. (Chapter 4)
McCaffery, Edward, 1997. Taxing Women. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Chapter 9).
Gustafsson, Siv S and M. Bruyn-Hundt. 1991. "Incentives for Women to Work: A Comparison Between the Netherlands, Sweden and West Germany." Journal of Economic Studies 18(5-6): 30-65.
April 29 - May 1
Macroeconomics and Structural Adjustment
Full Employment Policies
Gender Costs of Structural Adjustment Policies
Economic Liberalization and Gay and Lesbian Empowerment
Rubery, Jill. 1997. "What Do Women Want From Full Employment," in John Philpott ed Working for Full Employment, pp. 63-80. London: Routledge.
Elson, Diane. 1995. “Gender Awareness in Modeling Structural Adjustment” World development 23(11): 1851-1868.
Gupta, Priyanka. 2006. "Economic Liberalization and the Empowerment of Gays and Lesbians in India." (Honors Thesis) Economics Department. Connecticut College.
May 6-8 (Midterm Due)
Gender and Policies to Regulate Globalization
Globalization and Women’s Work
How the Globalization of Finance affects Women
Trafficking in Women
Van Staveren, Irene. 2002. "Global Finance and Gender," in Jan Aart Scholte and Albrecht Schnabel (eds.) Civil Society and Global Finance, pp. 228-46. New York: Routledge.
Benería, Lourdes. 2003. Gender, Development and Globalization: Economics as if All People Mattered. New York: Routledge.(Chapter 3)
Pyle, Jean L. 2001. "Sex, Maids, and Export Processing: Risks and Reasons for Gendered Global Production Networks." International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society 15(1): 55-76.
Ecological and Social Systems of production and provisioning
Organic Farming and Gendered Agricultural Systems
Rethinking Economic Indicators
Gender Bias in Resource Management Policies
Wismer, Susan. 1999. "From The Ground Up: Quality Of Life Indicators And Sustainable Community Development." Feminist Economics 5(2): 109-14.
Green, Cathy, Susan Joekes, and Melissa Leach. 1998. "Questionable Links: Approaches to Gender in Environmental Research Policy," in . Cecile Jackson and Ruth Pearson (eds.) Feminist Visions of Development, pp. 259-83. London and New York: Routledge.
McMahon, Martha. 2005. "Engendering Organic Farming." Feminist Economics 11(3): 134-50.
The Role of Specific Legal Protections for Property Rights in Creating and Maintaining Gender Inequality
Land Rights and Gender Inequality in Economies Transitioning to the Market
Property Rights as Gender-Biased Cultural Institutions
Braunstein, Elissa. 2001. "To Honour and Obey: Efficiency, Inequality, and Patriarchal Property Rights." Feminist Economics 7(1): 25-44.
Agarwal, Bina. 1994. "Gender and Command Over Property: A Critical Gap in Economic Analysis and Policy in South Asia." World development 22(10): 1455-78.
Kevane, Michael and Leslie C. Gray. 1999. "A Woman's Field Is Made At Night: Gendered Land Rights And Norms In Burkina Faso." Feminist Economics 5(3): 1-26.
Family Planning and Population Control in Developing Countries
Economic Policy and The Incentive to Have Children
Smyth, Ines. 1998. "Gender Analysis of Family Planning: Beyond the 'feminist vs. population control' debate," in Cecile Jackson and Ruth Pearson (eds.) Feminist Visions of Development, pp. 217-38. London and New York: Routledge.
Teo, Peggy and Yeoh BrendaS. A. 1999. "Interweaving the Public and the Private: Women's Responses to Population Policy Shifts in Singapore." International Journal of Population Geography 5(2): 79-96.
Folbre, Nancy. 1994. Who pays for the kids? : gender and the structure of constraint. London ; New York: Routledge. (Chapter 4)
June 3- 5
Advertising and Media Regulation:
Role of Advertising and Media in Creating and Maintaining Gender Norms
Economic Incentives and the Portrayal of Gender Stereotypes in Advertising and Media
Costa, Janeen Arnold. 2000. "Gender and Consumption in a Cultural Context," in . Miriam Catterall and Pauline Maclaran, Stevens, Lorna (eds.) Marketing and Feminism: Current issues and research, pp. 255-75. New York: Routledge.
Chaudhuri, Maitrayee. 2001. "Gender and Advertisements: The Rhetoric of Globalisation." Women's Studies International Forum 24(3-4): 373-85.
True, Jacqui. 1999. "Expanding Markets and Marketing Gender: the Integration of the Post-socialist Czech Republic." Review of International Political Economy.