This course examines the complex relationships between economic development and gender inequality. The course begins with an introduction to the theoretical frameworks that have shaped the gender perspective in economic development. This will be followed by an exploration of the interactions between economic development policy and gender relations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Special topics will include the household as a unit of analysis; women’s unpaid labor, the gendered impacts of economic restructuring and economic crisis; post-conflict reconstruction; microcredit; gender and asset inequality; the feminization of the labor force in the formal and informal sectors of the global economy.

Course Goals:
Upon completion of the course, you can expect to attain

(1) A critical perspective and understanding of how and why gender matters as an analytical category in economics, both in theory as well as in empirical applications;
(2) The ability to locate and interpret gender-differentiated indicators and descriptive statistics;
(3) The ability to analyze economic development policy concerns and debates in the developing world from a gender perspective.