Category Archives: Women and Economics

Contraception Is Expensive: Men and the Little Green Ones

According to this article in the Daily Women’s Health Policy Report, the increase in contraceptive costs sold at student health centers on college campuses and some clinics is a “crisis.” David S. Cohen previously blogged about the issue here. The … Continue reading

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Women and Unemployment Benefits

This article from Women’s E-News analyzes why women are less likely than men to receive unemployment benefits. It’s a relatively straight-forward article that explains some of the complicated factors that go into a benefits program designed with a (heterosexual) male … Continue reading

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Upcoming Conference: Family Responsibilities Discrimination: Lessons for the Use of Stereotyping Evidence and Implicit Bias in Employment Cases

Friday, February 8, 2008 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. U.C. Hastings College of the Law – San Francisco, CA The rise of “family responsibilities discrimination” (FRD) is being hailed as the most important recent development in employment discrimination law. FRD … Continue reading

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McCluskey on “Razing the Citizen: Economic Inequality, Gender and Marriage Tax”

Martha McCluskey (Buffalo) as posted to ssrn a chapter of her forthcoming book, Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship.   Here is the abstract of the chapter: This chapter links the failure of U.S. social citizenship ideals to a broader weakness … Continue reading

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NWLC Asking For Support re: Fair Pay Restoration Act

As you probably know, yesterday the Senate HELP Committee held a hearing on the Fair Pay Restoration Act (S. 1843), which would reverse the recent Supreme Court decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. that severely limits workers’ … Continue reading

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The Price of Pampering

Two months ago New York Magazine ran an article called “A Stranger’s Touch,” about the growth in the “spa industry” in New York.   Here’s an excerpt: I don’t want to be moralistic about beauty, to scorn women for wanting … Continue reading

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Women and Social Security

Joan Entmacher, the Vice President for Family and Economic Security at the National Women’s Law Center, testified earlier this week before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Women and Social Security.   Ms. Entmacher suggested, among other reforms,  lowering … Continue reading

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Why Mandatory Individual Income Tax Returns Are Preferable to the Current Joint Filing System

I buy into the usual reasons why mandatory individual filing is preferable to the current system that bestows benefits on only certain kinds of families: (i) “fairness” in the sense of treating equals equally, both in terms of different family … Continue reading

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Subprime Lending to Women of Color

More here on the gender and race aspects of subprime lending. -Ralph Michael Stein Editor’s Note: See also Sex and the Subprime at Womenstake.org.

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New Study On The Economics Of “Street Prostitution”

University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt and coauthor Sudhir Venkatesh conducted a study which is based on surveys conducted with prostitutes and pimps in Chicago neighborhoods and incident data from the Chicago Police Department. Their focus seems to be on … Continue reading

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“More than 50 women in this city are now pregnant with the children of couples from the United States, Taiwan, Britain and beyond. The women earn more than many would make in 15 years. But the program raises a host of uncomfortable questions that touch on morals and modern science, exploitation and globalization, and that most natural of desires: to have a family.”

That’s an excerpt from this article, entitled “World Outsources Pregnancies To India.”

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“GENDER AND CLASS: VOICES FROM THE COLLECTIVE”

This full-day program, GENDER AND CLASS: VOICES FROM THE COLLECTIVE, will be held at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York City, on Thursday, January 3, 2008. The conference will feature an opening plenary, eight topical sessions (Children, Work, Care, … Continue reading

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Why Subprime Lending is a Race and Gender Issue

In general terms, subprime loans are “non-conforming” loans made at higher-than-market-interest rates to borrowers with credit problems.   Predatory loans are loans that are inappropriate for the buyer, either because the buyer is not qualified financially or the loan is … Continue reading

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Study finds female U.S. corporate directors out-earn males, but are also vastly outnumbered by them.

From this article: … Female directors in corporate America earned median compensation of $120,000, based on the most recently available pay data, compared with $104,375 for male board members, [for profit] research group The Corporate Library said in its annual … Continue reading

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Public Attitudes on Contraceptives in High Schools

This poll shows increased support for the providing of prescription contraceptives in public high schools.   The differences in support based on age, income and race are hardly surprising. -Ralph Michael Stein

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Supposedly Liberal Bully Blogs and Political Debate: New Boss, Old Boss, Etc.

This time the topic is Social Security, spurred by Barak Obama’s decision to address Social Security (see also) in his campaign. Atrios writes: Beating back George Bush’s plan to kill social security was probably the first major victory for the … Continue reading

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Lapdancing, Fertility, Economics and Feminism

A supposedly academic study about the economics of lapdancing and fertility is discussed in this post at Pure Pedantry, wherein Kara Contreary notes: Ask anyone who’s spent any time in a strip club, and one of the things he will … Continue reading

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“The Essence of War”

Dr. Violet Socks reminds us that soldiers are not the main casualties of war. Innocent civilians are. In part she cites to this article, which observes: Feminist anthropologists such as Cynthia Enloe have documented how the U.S. military perpetuates the … Continue reading

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“What a Y chromosome is worth”

From Am I a women scientist? I’ve been well, not forced, but strongly encouraged to join a study on women with children in academia and family leave policies. After three days of reading the literature, my assessment of my chances, … Continue reading

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Human Trafficking and Slavery

Database that provides country-by-country ionformation here, via Black Looks, where Sokari writes: I read a report yesterday that there are thousands of African and South Asian migrants amongst the displaced in Lebanon. Unlike other foreign nationals from the Middle East … Continue reading

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This is Front Page News?

The New York Times reports today that police in Nassau County, New York (Long Island) have made “more than 70 arrests since it began focusing on Craigslist last year, one of numerous crackdowns by vice squads . . . ‘Craigslist … Continue reading

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Summer 2007 SFO: Women, Prisons and Change

AVAILABLE HERE!

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“Explaining Women’s Success: Technological Change and the Skill Content of Women’s Work”

From ssrn.com, this interesting NBER study on labor demographics and the wage gap, using data from West Germany but extrapolating for other industrialized countries. Sandra E. Black and Alexandra Spitz-Oener,”Explaining Women’s Success: Technological Change and the Skill Content of Women’s … Continue reading

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Symbolism

Writing, as I do, about how the tax laws adversely impact same-sex couples, I often come up against the entirely misguided argument that same-sex couples should be happy with their current treatment under the federal tax laws:that is, mandatory treatment … Continue reading

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How People of Privilege View the Future

The newest issue of BusinessWeek reports the results of a survey of U.S. executives’ attitudes about the future.   Two factoids caught my eye: 83% of men and 77% of women agree that it will be “easier for women to … Continue reading

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“That Pew Survey on Mothers And Work”

Echidne of the Snakes does a terrific job unpacking the rhetoric around the new Pew Center findings.

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More on”Super Size Me and the Conundrum of Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Class for the Contemporary Law-Genre Documentary Filmmaker”

An anonymous  commentor responded to the post about Professor Regina Austin’s article,”Super Size Me and the Conundrum of of Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Class for the Contemporary Law-Genre Documentary Filmmaker:” Being black or any other race does not make it an … Continue reading

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The Limits of Applied Third-Wave Feminism: The Case of Prostitution

As in the discussion in yesterday’s post of mandatory domestic violence prosecution, feminist debate about prostitution shows how respect for women’s autonomy can lead to the condonation of practices that disadvantage women.   For example, advocates for prostitutes’ rights assert … Continue reading

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