Part 4 - Gender Awareness & Public Policy
In this fourth lecture in the Institute for New Economic Thinking’s “Feminist Economics” series, Professor Jayati Ghosh explores the impact of economic policy on women, and the importance of adopting a gender perspective in formulating policy. This goes beyond the inclusion of women in the decision-making process, to recognizing the differential impact a policy may have on women. Prof. Ghosh explains how migration remittances, fiscal policy (government expenditure and taxation), monetary policy, international structural adjustment programs, and environmental policy affect women differently. This differential impact will have consequences on the ability of the policy to achieve its economic stability and poverty-reduction goals. The development of gender-responsive budgeting and policy is not only necessary for improving the welfare of women but also to achieve its general public goals.