Ethics and International Debt: A View from Feminist Economics
Global Development and Environment Institute Working Paper No. 06-04. Published as "Ethics, Evidence and International Debt" in the Journal of Economic Methodology, June 2009, 16(2): 175-189
21 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2006 Last revised: 11 Aug 2014
Date Written: August 1, 2006
Feminist scholars examine not only the gendered impacts of development programs whose design has been influenced by disciplines such as economics, but also the gendered biases that permeate the models and methods of the disciplines themselves. This essay draws on aspects of feminist critiques of economics, philosophy, psychology, law, and finance to analyze the way in which international debt is discussed. Feminist critiques raise serious questions about the rational choice framework that often undergirds scholarly discussions of "agents," "contract," "ethics," and "capital and debt."
Keywords: international debt, HIPCs, ethics, feminism, contract
JEL Classification: F34, A12 ,A13
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