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

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Julie A. Nelson

University of Massachusetts at Boston - Department of Economics; Tufts University - Global Development and Environment Institute

Date Written: August 1, 2006

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Nelson, Julie A., Ethics and International Debt: A View from Feminist Economics (August 1, 2006). 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. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=925831 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.925831

Julie A. Nelson (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts at Boston - Department of Economics ( email )

100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
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HOME PAGE: http://www.umb.edu/academics/cla/dept/economics/faculty/facultyNelson.html

Tufts University - Global Development and Environment Institute ( email )

MA
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/about_us/researchers.html#nelson

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