Category Archives: Women and Economics

“The Couch of Restitution” (Or, The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea vs. The Devil in Miss Jones)

In a previous blog (feels like ages ago:I really must get out from under this blizzard of work!) I discussed the alienation of various aspects of human capacities and attributes, among them the sale of sexual services and the sale … 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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Unemployment in Female-Headed Households

From our friends at the National Women’s Law Center, this news about the extension of unemployment of insurance benefits, signed into law today: Unemployment rose to 10.2 percent in October, reaching a 26-year high, according to data released today by … Continue reading

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When Invisible, Addicted and Ill Women Disappear: A Cry for Cleveland

I grew up 2-1/2 miles from the place in Cleveland, Ohio where the police found the decomposing bodies of 11 women.  The victims whose bodies have been identified so far are Nancy Cobbs, Tishana Culver, Telacia Fortson and Tonia Carmichael. … Continue reading

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Learning About Family Tax Credits

The National Women’s Law Center is sponsoring two on-line training/education sessions about family tax credits.  Here’s the info: Did you know that federal tax credits for families have been expanded and are now more valuable than ever? We’re not talking … Continue reading

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Something Here is Very Strange.

So, The Nation published an article called “The Crusade Against Sex Trafficking” by Noy Thrupkaew. This article focuses on one organization only, “the International Justice Mission, an evangelical Christian organization devoted to combating human rights abuses in the developing world.” … Continue reading

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Chung on “From Lily Bart to the Boom Boom Room: How Wall Street’s Social and Cultural Response to Women Has Shaped Securities Regulation”

Christine Sgarlata Chung (Albany) has accepted an offer from the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender to publish her article “From Lily Bart to the Boom Boom Room: How Wall Street’s Social and Cultural Response to Women Has Shaped Securities … Continue reading

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Why is less educational achievement and diminished career success making men happier?

Over at the HuffPo Marcus Buckingham asks: What’s Happening To Women’s Happiness? In the linked post he flogs this study by Wharton Professors Betsy Stevenson and Justin Wolfers, which purportedly shows that as women begin to catch up with men … Continue reading

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Patronizing a Prostitute is not Tax Deductible

The United States Tax Court thus opined today in Halby v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2009-204. Pro se plaintiff William Halby claimed more than $76,000,000 in medical expenses, contending that his purchases of pornographic books and magazines as well as for … 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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New York Times Magazine Publishes Special Issue on Global Women’s Rights

This Sunday’s New York Times Magazine is a special issue on international women’s rights, Why Women’s Rights Are the Cause of Our Time. The cover story, The Women’s Crusade, is adapted from a book by Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof … Continue reading

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Rutgers Women’s Rights Law Reporter CFP: Women, Law and the Economy

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP from the editors as the Women’s Rights Law Reporter at Rutgers Law – Newark: Rutgers School of Law – Newark, Women’s Rights Law Reporter would like to introduce the topic of our Fall 2009 … Continue reading

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Hawkins on “Doctors as Bankers”

Jim Hawkins (Houston) has posted to SSRN his working paper “Doctors as Bankers: Evidence from Fertility Markets.”  Here is a portion of the abstract: In a variety of medical contexts, doctors play a prominent role as bankers, lending directly to … Continue reading

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Rosenblum on “Feminizing Capital: A Corporate Imperative”

Feminist Law Prof Darren Rosenblum has posted to SSRN his article, “Feminizing Capital: A Corporate Imperative.”  Here’s the abstract: The economic crisis has upended the divide between the public sector and the corporate world, as governments engage in mass intervention … Continue reading

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Kornhauser on “Gender and Capital Gains Taxation”

Marjorie Kornhauser (Arizona State) has posted to SSRN her paper, “Gender and Capital Gains Taxation.”  Here is the abstract: Most countries grant capital gains preferential treatment under their income tax laws by either excluding them from taxation or taxing them … Continue reading

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Is Lap Dancing Prostitution?

Over at  The Right Coast, Tom Smith makes a good observation  here.   He reads the Rhode Island legislation [against indoor prostitution, previously blogged here and here] as far from”flawed”: he suggests that it is carefully crafted to permit lap … Continue reading

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What is Prostitution, Anyway?

An interesting aspect of the Rhode Island legislation [against indoor prostitution, previously blogged here]  is the General Assembly bill’s definition of prostitution. A person is guilty of prostitution when such person”engages or agrees or offers to engage in sexual conduct … Continue reading

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Body of Eridania Rodriguez Recovered in Office Air Duct

Eridania Rodriguez died at work. The 46-year old woman was killed on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 during her evening custodial shift at 2 Rector Street in Lower Manhattan.  Her body was found Saturday stuffed into an air duct.  Her hands … 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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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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Should Job Creation Favor Men?

That’s the title of this op-ed in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, written by Feminist Law Profs Melissa Murray (Berkeley) and Darren Rosenblum (Pace). Here’s the text: The recent stimulus efforts have a prompted a sense of deja vu. In 1944, … Continue reading

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“Review of the Future of Taxation” in Australia

Almost one year ago to the day, the Australian government announced its intention to make a comprehensive study and proposal “to deal with the demographic, social, economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century.”  The timeline, agenda and preliminary reports … Continue reading

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Live Blogging Day 2,”Challenging Gender Inequality in Tax Policy Making”

Today is the second day of the  â€œChallenging Gender Inequality in Tax Policy Making”  workshop at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati, Spain.  This morning’s panel, “Labour Markets and Saving Choices,” featured presentations by Ulrike Spanberg, … Continue reading

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Live Blogging “Challenging Gender Inequality in Tax Policy Making”

Today and tomorrow the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati, Spain hosts a workshop on “Challenging Gender Inequality in Tax Policy Making.” Workshop organizers are Asa Gunnarsson (Department of Law, Umea University, Sweden), Lisa Phillipps (Osgoode Hall … Continue reading

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Robson on “A Servant of One’s Own: The Continuing Class Struggle in Feminist Legal Theories and Practices”

Ruthann Robson (CUNY) has posted to SSRN her essay,  “A Servant of One’s Own: The Continuing Class Struggle in Feminist Legal Theories and Practices.”  Here is the abstract: This essay considers the role of feminist legal theories in confronting the … Continue reading

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The NY Post is reporting that the father of a child actor who appeared in Slumdog Millionaire is trying to sell her.

Story here. The NY Daily news says same. It is based on an account from News of the World. The story was also reported by the London Times. I don’t really have anything useful to say about this. I’m not … Continue reading

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Obama’s Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

President Obama appointed Melanne Verveer as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues:   Melanne Verveer is Co-Founder, Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international nonprofit that invests in emerging women leaders – pioneers of economic, political and social … Continue reading

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Infanti on “Dismembering Families”

Feminist Law Prof Tony Infanti (Pitt) has posted to SSRN his article Dismembering Families.  Here is the abstract: In this paper, I explore how the deduction for extraordinary medical expenses, codified in I.R.C. section 213, furthers domination in American society. … Continue reading

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Nadya Suleman’s Art

A few days ago, in”A Pole-Dancing Mother of 14,”my colleague Bridget Crawford took strong issue with the view that”a woman who puts her body on display (in a lingerie contest, as a topless performer or as a mother of 14) … Continue reading

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‘Cause Women Aren’t Good at Math

From today’s Boston Globe, this story about a firing at Harvard: In the letter, dated May 12 of that year [2002], [a new employee of the Harvard endowment management team, Iris] Mack told Summers that she was “deeply troubled and … Continue reading

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The Countess and the Mogul: Bad Divorce Law

Reform of divorce laws in light of the ways in which many women end up much worse off than their ex-husbands after divorce remains a huge problem for those of us concerned about Gender Justice. But consider the current divorce … Continue reading

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Financial Scandals Hit the Surrogacy Market

Slate has more details here about funds missing from trust accounts that a California surrogacy agency recommended its clients establish to facilitate payments to surrogates. The Slate article, entitled “Fetal Foreclosure,” asks in its subtitle, “If You Stop Paying a … Continue reading

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Link Round-up “Recession, job loss & their economic impact on women”

Here, via Jill Zimon.

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“Southern Chiconomics”

One of my fantastic former students has a cool new blog!

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Multiple Anxieties: Breaching Race, Class & Gender Norms With Assisted Reproduction

Lolita Buckner Inniss (Cleveland-Marshall, Ain’t I a Feminist Legal Scholar, Too?, Visiting Prof at Pace Law School) and I have posted to SSRN our working paper, Multiple Anxieties: Breaching Race, Class and Gender Norms With Assisted Reproduction.  Here is the … Continue reading

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Coupon Clipping

Here’s a post that will encourage you to use coupons, and here’s a related post that will encourage you to girlcott Whole Foods. Which I already do, largely because there isn’t one within 100 miles of where I live, but … Continue reading

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“J’accuse, or, I got yer class warfare right here, pal.”

Yes, another great post by Historiann!

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“A record number of workers filed federal job discrimination complaints last year, with claims of unfair treatment by older employees seeing the largest increase.”

From Yahoo News: … The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday it received more than 95,000 discrimination claims during the 2008 fiscal year, a 15 percent increase over the previous year. Charges of age discrimination jumped by 28.7 percent : … Continue reading

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2008 Report on the Global Gender Gap

The full report, compiled by the World Economic Forum, can be found here (PDF). It focuses on data related to economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, political power and health and survival. The overall rank of the U.S. is 27th … Continue reading

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Indrani Sinha and Shamita Das Dasgupta, “Mothers for Sale: Women in Kolkata’s Sex Trade”

Can’t find a picture of the cover, or any place it is for sale online, but an interview of a sex worker by one of the authors is available here, at Women’s eNews.

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Let’s follow Ledbetter with the Paycheck Fairness Act!

Overview and call to action here at The New Agenda.

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Why were there so few women at the World Economic Forum?

Morice Mendoza asks: Where Are the Women? Via Jill at Writes Like She Talks.

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“Debate: Should Feminists Endorse Basic Income?”

Basic Income Studies, an international journal of basic income research, Vol. 3, Issue 3, (2008) Debate: Should Feminists Endorse Basic Income? Guest editor: Ingrid Robeyns, Erasmus University Rotterdam Research Notes “Introduction: Revisiting the Feminism and Basic Income Debate” Ingrid Robeyns, … Continue reading

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Concerns about the draft American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Irasema Garza, President of Legal Momentum, writes: Today the House Democrats unveiled the near-final version of the economic stimulus package known as the  American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with a vote expected as early as tomorrow. While it contains some … Continue reading

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Interview with Lilly Ledbetter

Via Womenstake.

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Women, Foreclsoures and Sub Prime Loans

Philadelphia has a unique approach to helping homeowners avoid further predatory lending practices and foreclosure auctions, and Women’s Enews has the story.

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A Minor Tax Victory for Non-Traditional Families

In a non-precedential decision in Leonard v. Commissioner (T.C. Summary Opinion 2008-141) (full opinion here), the Tax Court permitted a pro se taxpayer to take dependency exemption deductions for the grandchildren of her “friend,” an adult woman with whom the taxpayer had been … Continue reading

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Kessler on “Getting Class”

Laura Kessler (Utah) has posted to SSRN her working paper “Getting Class.”  Here is the abstract: Gender-based economic inequality has been a longstanding concern of feminist legal theory, particularly as it affects middle-class women. Yet much legal feminist literature remains … Continue reading

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Susan Carle, “Short Notes on Teaching About the Micro-Politics of Class, with Examples from Torts and Employment Law Casebooks”

Abstract: This short Essay explores several potential teaching moments in which one might raise issues concerning the micro-politics of socioeconomic class status. I discuss cases found in popular casebooks for three course areas in which I teach: torts, employment, and … Continue reading

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Bank of America “has an $8.4 million, seven-year contract with Michigan State giving it access to students’ names and addresses and use of the university’s logo. The more students who take the banks’ credit cards, the more money the university gets. Under certain circumstances, Michigan State even stands to receive more money if students carry a balance on these cards.”

And Michigan State is far from the only university to engage in this nefarious practice. I don’t know exactly what my own school’s practices are in this regard, but I’ve certainly seen credit card solicitations happening on campus. It’s sad … Continue reading

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