Gender is now recognized as a fundamental organizing principle for economic as well as social life, and related research has grown at an unprecedented pace in the recent decades across branches of economics. The volume takes stock of this research, proposes novel analytical frameworks and outlines further research directions. It grew out of the Summer School of International Research in Pontignano (University of Siena) that traditionally brings together the most representative scholars in the chosen field.
The thirteen essays included in the volume cover recent advances in gender related issues across disciplinary branches, from Economic History and the History of Economic Thought to Macroeconomics, Household Economics, the Economics of Care Work, Labour Economics, Institutional and Experimental Economics.
The volume is primarily addressed to graduate students in Economics and is an essential companion for researchers in the area of Gender Economics. As most essays are written in a non-technical language it is also of interest to a wider audience, including specialists in Sociology, Demography and History.
Francesca Bettio is Professor of Labour Economics at the University of Siena, Italy Alina Verashchagina is a PhD Candidate in Economics at the University of Siena, Italy.
Foreword: Francesca Bettio and Alina Verashchagina, Part One: Historical perspectives 1. Women in the history of economic thought through gender lenses, Annalisa Rosselli and Cristina Marcuzzo 2. The historical construction of gender: reflections on gender and economic history Patricia Hudson, Cardiff University Part Two: Theoretical developments 3. A gender neutral approach to gender issues Alessandro Cigno 4. The gender gap Graciela Chichilnisky 5. Ghosts in the machine: a post Keynesian analysis of gender relations, households and macroeconomics Haroon Akram Lodhi and Lucia C. Hanmer Part Three: A fresh look at households 6. Conceptualizing care Nancy Folbre 7. Gender and household decision making Shelly Lundberg Part Four: Labour market debates 8. Gender Differences across Europe Peter Dolton, Oscar Marcenaro-Guttierez and Ali Skalli 9. Occupational Segregation and Gender wage Disparities in Developed Economies. Should We Still Worry? Francesca Bettio 10. The transition from planned to market economies: how are women faring? Marina Malysheva, Russian Academy of Sciences and Alina Verashchagina Part Five: Lessons from the laboratory 11. The Gender Gap: Using the Lab as a Window on the Market Catherine Eckel 12. The Gender effect in the Laboratory. Experimenter Bias and Altruism Alessandro Innocenti and Maria Grazia Pazienza Part Six: Institutions matter 13. Gender and the Political economy of knowledge, Ann Mary May