Gender, Adjustment and Macroeconomics. Special Issue


Cagatay, Nilufer, Diane Elson and Caren Grown. 1995. ‘Gender, Adjustment and Macroeconomics. Special Issue’. World Development 23 (11): 1827–36.

Authors: Nilufer Cagatay, Diane Elson, Caren Grown


Since the mid-1980s feminist economists have argued that gender relations interact with market oriented processes of economic restructuring, with implications both for the distribution of costs and benefits between different groups of women and men, and for the achievement of macroeconomic objectives. While there is a growing recognition of the gender distributive

effects of structural adjustment (in the pages of this journal and elsewhere), the relationship between gender relations and macroeconomic outcomes has received far less attention. This issue grew out of the efforts of feminist economists to go beyond analyses of the gendered effects of adjustment and to demonstrate the relevance of gender as an analytical category in macroeconomics. Our aim is to bring a gender lens to macroeconomic discourse conducted at four different levels: conceptual

frameworks; formal models; empirical research such as historically informed country case studies and comparative crosscountry statistical analysis; and diagnosis of macroeconomic problems and formulation of policies to remedy them. This project draws on the resources of heterodox macroeconomics and feminist analysis.


Keywords: economic restructuring, macroeconomic policy, gender discourse, feminist economics

Topics: Class, Development, Economies, Economic Inequality, Feminisms, Gender, Gendered Discourses, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality

Year: 1995

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