- International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE). 01/1998 - 12/2001. Position : Board of Directors, Member.
- International Association for Feminist Economics. 07/1996 - present. Position : Member.
Principles of Economic Development
This is a survey course that has five basic objectives: 1) To examine the meanings and measures of economic development; 2) To present a brief historical background of today’s developing economies; 3) To examine the major theories and approaches to development and underdevelopment; 4) To analyze debates on a variety of contemporary problems common to (although not limited to) developing countries, such as poverty and income inequality; industrialization; demographic challenges; foreign exchange and savings shortages; recurrent debt crises; structural adjustment programs, market reforms and rules that are imposed by international financial and trade institutions; the role of transnational corporations and foreign aid. (In examining each problem, we will review evidence and debates on the nature, causes, consequences and policy implications of the problem.) 5) To review the debates on alternatives to the reigning neoliberal economic policies. (The course maintains a global perspective, drawing upon applied research on a variety of countries/regions and making connections between policies and problems in developing and industrialized economies. The course aims to impart critical and global thinking skills as we integrate current developments in the class discussions.)
Econ 5560/Gndr 5560/Econ 6560
Gender and Third World Economic Development
This course examines the gender dimensions of economic development and globalization from the perspective of feminist economics. This perspective implies foregrounding labor, broadly defined to include paid and unpaid work, and examining gender differences in work, access to resources, and wellbeing outcomes, and how these are affected by macroeconomic policies. Since the early 1980s economic globalization has been achieved on the basis of a common set of macroeconomic policies pursued in industrial and developing countries alike. These policies frame both the gender-differentiated impacts of policy and the initiatives that are implemented to reduce inequalities between men and women. The main objective of the course is to examine the impact of these policies on men and women in the global South (a.k.a. developing countries/Third World) on gender inequalities and to evaluate the policies/strategies for reducing gender inequalities and promoting the well-being of all people. The pursuit of these objectives will entail first a brief examination of the central tenets of feminist economics and an historical overview of the policy-oriented field of gender and development. Gender-differentiated statistics will be reviewed as they pertain to the topics under discussion.