1st Annual WBG ECN Conference
Gender budgeting and public policy design for gender equality

11 November 2019, University of Liverpool

Feminist economics and gender budgeting

Feminist economics recognises that women’s economic position is a product of societal structural inequalities. The discipline sheds an important light on how unpaid reproductive labour is the foundation of productive work in the labour market and is crucial for the reproduction and well-being of society at large. Feminist economics seeks to end the invisibility of unpaid labour and make sure economic and policy models adequately account for it and its value.

Economic policy, as predicated on mainstream economic models, is very often blind to how unpaid labour underpins the labour market. Societal gender norms and government policy shape the distribution of both reproductive and productive work within families and between families and society. When politicians and policymakers turn a blind eye to reproductive work the success of economic policies is compromised. Women, because they still carry out the vast majority of this invisible, unpaid and unvalued work, and women’s life trajectories are not properly accounted for in policy design and so the labour market, social security and tax systems and other societal structures are not made to fit women.

Gender budgeting, as a policy tool derived from feminist economics, is a mechanism that goes some way into addressing these miscalculations. It seeks to persuade policymakers to think about the impact spending and revenue raising decisions will have on gender inequalities and to adopt policies that will bring about equality between women and men.


Call for papers

The WBG 1st Annual Early-Career Network Conference ‘Gender Budgeting and Public Policy Design for Gender Equality’ will focus on gender budgeting as a feminist economics tool to bring about change. We invite our members who are in the early stages of their research careers (students, early-career academics, civil servants, voluntary workers or third-sector researchers) and working on these and related topics to present their research on 11 November 2019 at the University of Liverpool.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by filling this form until 30 September. We will inform participants of the decision shortly afterwards.

We have a small amount of travel bursaries to contribute to expenses of members who will be presenting.

We particularly welcome papers that focus on the impact of public policy on women, and on the economic circumstances and challenges of specific groups of women (e.g. BME, disabled, young, old, migrant, lesbian, etc).

Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact the network coordinator Sara Reis at sara.reis@wbg.org.uk.

More details about timings and programme will be announced closer to the date.