Category Archives: Feminism and Economics

A Feminist Theoretical Take on Virginity Auctions

Various press outlets (not linked here) have reported that a medical school student planned to auction her virginity and then cancelled that plan.  Over at Feminist Current, Elisa Haf writes thoughtfully about the situtation in “Student Virginity Auctions and Sexual Economics.” … Continue reading

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“Recently Kim, whose company helps users change and personalize their Android smartphone homescreens, contacted a male developer about whether he’d be interested in joining Locket. He responded, “Hey Yunha, I’m pretty happy with my current job, but if you’re single I’d like to date you. Perhaps there are some unconventional ways to lure me away from my company (besides stock options) if you know what I mean. ;)” “

That’s a paragraph from this discouraging article.

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“The gender wage gap has only closed by 1.7 percentage points over the last decade, compared to 3.1 points the decade before and 9.7 the decade before that. “

That’s the depressing news from this article entitled “We’ve Stopped Making Progress In Closing The Gender Wage Gap.”

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Mini Symposium on Paid Egg “Donation”

For those of you who haven’t seen it, I wanted to point out the mini-symposium organized by Kim Krawiec (Duke) over at the Faculty Lounge on the Perez v. Commissioner case.  The case involves the tax treatment of amounts received … Continue reading

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Another Thoughtful Take on “Leaning In,” This One By bell hooks, and Called “Dig Deep: Beyond Lean In”

Read it here at The Feminist Wire. Below is an excerpt: Sandberg’s definition of feminism begins and ends with the notion that it’s all about gender equality within the existing social system. From this perspective, the structures of imperialist white … Continue reading

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Read Susan Faludi on “Facebook Feminism”

Unlike so many trite reviews of the “Lean In” phenomenon, Faludi brilliantly contextualizes her critique. Available at The Baffler, excerpt below: … In 1834, America’s first industrial wage earners, the “mill girls” of Lowell, Massachusetts, embarked on their own campaign … Continue reading

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Converge! Re-Imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS – SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TO converge@law.miami.edu DUE DATE: Friday, October 18, 2013 (may be extended) For more conference information see http://www.law.miami.edu/academics/converge/ CONVERGE! Re-imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence, will bring together survivors, activists, and … Continue reading

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Shaken and Stirred, Women Leaving (Wall Street) Finance

Margo Epprecht on “The Real Reason Women Are Leaving Wall Street: Gentlemen Prefer Bonds.” Title cute, reasons not. But they’re also pretty predictable: a lot of sexism, along with the long hours, the financial crisis that caused many people to rethink … Continue reading

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“For most Americans, life expectancy continues to rise—but not for uneducated white women. They have lost five years, and no one knows why. “

TAP story by Monica Potts entitled “What’s Killing Poor White Women?” here.

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What’s Feminism Got to Do with It? “The Super Woman Myth”

Once again there is an article blaming feminism for “raising the bar too high” and making it impossible for real women to “have it all. “The Super Woman Myth: Where Feminism Went Wrong  (Unfortunately this article is behind a pay … Continue reading

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Aloni on “Relationship Recognition Madness”

Erez Aloni (Whittier) has published an op-ed,  “Relationship Recognition Madness.” at Huff Po.  Here is an excerpt. He takes on the new FAFSA rules that take account the income of co-habitating unmarried parents in determining a student’s eligibility for financial … Continue reading

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Gilman on “The Class Differential in Privacy Law” and “The Poverty Defense”

Michele Gilman (Baltimore) has posted two articles to SSRN.  The Class Differential in Privacy Law, 77 Brooklyn L. Rev. 1389 (2012) This article analyzes how privacy law fails the poor. Due to advanced technologies, all Americans are facing corporate and … Continue reading

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African Probate & Prolicy Initiative at U Miami School of Law

The ABA Journal reported here on the University of Miami School of Law’s new African Probate & Policy Initiative.  Here’s an excerpt: If a Tanzanian man dies without a will, his property goes to his family of origin. If he … Continue reading

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“‘Gender Gap’ Near Historic Highs”

NYT article by that title here. Below is an excerpt: The biggest gender gap to date in the exit polls came in 2000, when Al Gore won by 11 points among women, but George W. Bush won by 9 points … Continue reading

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“Why Are There So Few Female Plutocrats?”

That is a question asked in this column that also serves as its title, which is a teaser for a book by the same name: Not too many people talk about the absence of women at the very top. That’s … Continue reading

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“A planned European Union law to impose sanctions on companies that do not allocate at least 40 percent of the seats on their boards to women has drawn enough opposition from Britain and other countries to risk being blocked before it is officially proposed.”

That is the first sentence of this NYT article.

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Law Professor Elizabeth Warren at the DNC!

http://youtu.be/GasFinZPShs

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SDNY Declares DOMA Unconstitutional in Estate Tax Case

Last month the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York  ruled in Windsor v. United States that DOMA is unconstitutional as applied. Read the full decision here. Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer were married in Canada … Continue reading

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If Anne-Marie Slaughter is a Dropout, We’re Chopped Liver

Over here at The American Prospect, E.J. Graff (Brandeis, Women’s Studies) has a great analysis of Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article Why Women Still Can’t Have It All from the July/August issue of The Atlantic.  Graff responds to the italicized portions of … Continue reading

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Love, Hate, Murder, and Commitment Devices: No-Drop DV Policies and the Reduction in Men Murdered by Intimates

Last week, the folks at Freakonomics posted an interesting podcast (“Save Me From Myself”) about commitment devices. A commitment device is “a means with which to lock yourself into a course of action that you might not otherwise choose but that … Continue reading

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CFP “Weaving Alliances from Feminist Economics”

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: 21st International Association for Feminist Economics Annual Conference: 27-29 June, 2012 Barcelona, Spain Human Well-being for the 21st Century: Weaving Alliances from Feminist Economics The 2012 IAFFE conference theme, “Human Well-Being for the 21st … Continue reading

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Poverty and Single Mothers

Legal Momentum has released a new report, Single Mother Poverty in the United States in 2010.  Here is a summary: The large gender poverty gap that has persisted since poverty measurement began continued in 2010.  Adult women were twenty nine … Continue reading

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An (Illegal) Feminist Bakesale

Some students at Reed College are planning a “Feminist Bake Sale for Pay Equity.”  Here are the details: The bakesale will charge men and women proportionally, based on the amount of money they earn as published by the 2008 Census … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Work at Home Doesn’t “Count” for Bankruptcy Purposes

The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts has ruled that a woman whose work is “only” at home — meaning caring for minor children and running the household — has no property right in one-half of a federal tax refund, at … Continue reading

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Wealth, Like Tenure, is Great for Those Who Have It

In editorial in today’s New York Times, Ray Madoff (Boston College) argues in favor of treating inherited wealth as income: [I]nstead of getting into any further arguments over rates and exemptions, Democrats would be better off conceding defeat. They should … Continue reading

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Do Unions Help Women Faculty?

Ann Mari May, Elizabeth Moorhouse, and Jennifer A. Bossard have published Representation of Women Faculty at Public Research Universities: Do Unions Matter? in volume 63 of the Industrial and Labor Relations Review (2010). Here is the abstract. The authors investigate the … Continue reading

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Eliminate Affluent Husband Care

The controversy over law professor Todd Henderson’s “We are the Super Rich” blog entry, posted and then withdrawn from Truth on the Market (Sept. 15, 2010) seems to have missed an underlying feminist tax policy issue. Henderson argues against President … Continue reading

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No-Fault? No Problem in NY

From the New York Law Journal, this news of significant changes to New York’s divorce law. Previously, New York was a “fault” jurisdiction, requiring a finding of adultery, abandonment, cruelty or a 1-year separation pursuant to a written instrument (that, … Continue reading

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Overview of Lisa Pruitt’s Recent Work on Geography, Poverty and Equality

Professor Lisa R. Pruitt (UC Davis) has published two articles that study poverty and its consequences in relation to place. In particular, she brings together the socio-geographic concept of spatial inequality (adding "where?" to the core sociological inquiry "who gets … Continue reading

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Brooks on “The Potential for Feminist Analysis of International Revenue Allocation”

Kim Brooks (McGill) has posted to SSRN her article “Global Distributive Justice: The Potential for Feminist Analysis of International Revenue Allocation,” 21 Canadian J. of Women & L. 267 (2009). Here is the abstract: This article has a modest aim … Continue reading

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Infanti on “Dissecting O’Donnabhain”

Tony Infanti (Pitt) has published his essay “Dissecting O’Donnabhain” in the March 15, 2010 issue of Tax Notes.   Here is the abstract: In O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner, a sharply divided Tax Court allowed a medical expense deduction for some costs … Continue reading

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Homo Economicus and Fem Eticus ?

Yuval Feldman and I have been studying the behavior of individuals in the face of organizational corruption and misconduct. In our recent article, we report on a series of experiments looking at the effect of incentives on the decision to … Continue reading

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June Carbone, “Inequality Starts At Home”

As part of the Roosevelt Institute’s ongoing ‘Feminomics’ series, running on the New Deal 2.0 blog,   June Carbone was asked to reflect on women’s changing roles in the economy. Her essay is available here and was also featured on … Continue reading

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Call for a “New Deal” Feminism Focused on Economics and the Workplace

In the weekend’s Washington Post, Professor Dorothy Sue Cobble (History and Labor Studies, Rutgers) writes, “It’s Time for a New Deal Feminism.” The American workplace is transforming, but women’s lives aren’t necessarily improving. * * * The answer is not … Continue reading

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Vani K. Borooah, Quy Toan Do, Sriya Iyer, and Shareen Joshi – “Missing Women and India’s Religious Demography”

Abstract: The authors use recent data from the 2006 National Family Health Survey of India to explore the relationship between religion and demographic behavior. They find that fertility and mortality vary not only between religious groups, but also across caste … Continue reading

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New Global Gender Gap Report

The World Economic Forum published the new Global Gender Gap Report on October 27th.   It ranks countries on how equitably resources   and opportunities are allocated across their male and female populations.   It bases these rankings on data … Continue reading

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Women, Happiness, and the Marketing of Positive Thinking

Barbara Ehrenreich has a great debunking of a study that purports to show that women have become unhappier since 1972 – – – as a result, most likely, of feminism.     Ehrenreich writes that the statistical variable (one percent) … Continue reading

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Elinor Ostrom of Indiana University is the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics in the 41-year history of the award

From the NYT: The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded on Monday to two American social scientists for their work in describing the numerous relationships within a company or among companies and individuals that shape market behavior. The … Continue reading

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“The study found that women were far more likely to suffer minimum wage violations than men, with the highest prevalence among women who were illegal immigrants. Among American-born workers, African-Americans had a violation rate nearly triple that for whites.”

Those are two utterly unsurprising sentences from this depressing NYT article about how often low wage workers are cheated by their employers. –Ann Bartow

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All else being equal.

From here, via Froomkin.

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“Comprehensive Health Insurance Reform: An Essential Prescription for Women”

That is the title of a new report issued by the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, chaired by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). Below is the abstract: The status-quo health insurance system is serving women poorly. An estimated 64 million women lack … Continue reading

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From the Department of Evolutionary Economics: “We find that women bid significantly higher than men in their menstrual and premenstrual phase but do not bid significantly different in other phases of the menstrual cycle.”

Two economists have posted their article “Menstrual Cycle and Competitive Bidding” to SSRN. Here is the abstract, from which the sentence in the post title was taken: In an experiment using two-bidder first-price sealed bid auctions with symmetric independent private … Continue reading

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Why hasn’t the “degree gap” closed the “salary gap”?

Prof. Mark Perry prepared this graph: If I’m reading it correctly, women and men got the same number of college degrees in 1982. By 1983, women started obtaining more college degrees then men, and this trend has continued on into … Continue reading

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Don’t Sit Back and Wait for the Human Trafficking Disaster at the World Cup

South Africa will host the World Cup in 2010.  The Zimbabwe-based Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Educational Trust isn’t rejoicing. [T]here are fears that the world’s most prestigious football event will negatively impact women and girls of … Continue reading

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“To hell with opting out”

From Amy Benfer at Salon: Taking a cue from the title of Belkin’s most famous article, a series in the American Prospect this week titled”When Opting Out Isn’t an Option“takes a long overdue look at the women who make up … Continue reading

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Feminism Has Made Men Happier, Or Possibly the Backlash Against Feminism Is Making Men Happier.

Language Log does a good take down of this column (mentioned here too) which discusses this study which was previously blogged about here.   Here’s a graph of the data at issue: Not exactly overwhelmingly persuasive, is it? –Ann Bartow

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The Law and Economics of the Backlash

Back in my early days of teaching I thought it might be interesting to present a feminist legal theory paper at an annual meeting of the American Law & Economics Association (ALEA). At least at that time, you had to … Continue reading

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