Economics and Gender Equality: A Lens from Within

38 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2019

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Leonora Risse

RMIT University - School of Economics, Finance and Marketing; Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Date Written: December 3, 2019

Abstract

This paper considers three aspects in which the issue of gender inequalities arises and is treated within the field of economics. First, I consider the premises on which gender inequality and discrimination have been conceptualized in traditional economic frameworks. Second, I consider how contemporary policy discourse—the “business case” for gender equality—might be reconciled with conventional economic models. Third, turning to the economics profession, I consider how the ways economists navigate gender equality might apply to the profession itself.

Keywords: gender inequality, policy discourse, economics profession

JEL Classification: A13, B29, D02, D63, J71, J16

Suggested Citation

Risse, Leonora, Economics and Gender Equality: A Lens from Within (December 3, 2019). Capitalism & Society, Volume 14, Issue 1 (2019), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3497760

Leonora Risse (Contact Author)

RMIT University - School of Economics, Finance and Marketing ( email )

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Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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