UN Women Discussion Papers

2521-6112 (online)
Hide / Show Abstract

The UN Women discussion paper series is a new initiative led by the Research and Data section of UN Women, to provide grounded, fresh and robust perspectives on some of the contemporary challenges to achieving gender equality and women’s rights, and offer insights into policy innovations that are making a difference in women’s lives. The series is a space for leading feminist researchers to share original, substantive research from different national and regional contexts. Before being published, each paper benefits from an anonymous external peer review process by experts, so that the final product is a high quality and relevant piece of research that contributes to further scholarship in the field.

Economic Growth and Social Reproduction

Economic Growth and Social Reproduction

Gender Inequality as Cause and Consequence You or your institution have access to this content

Click to Access: 
  • PDF
  • http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/women-and-gender-issues/economic-growth-and-social-reproduction_5be883c5-en
  • READ
Elissa Braunstein
30 Sep 2015
9789213614440 (PDF)

Hide / Show Abstract

This work develops a set of regimes that link structures of economic growth with those of social reproduction. These regimes are then linked to groups of countries organized by economic structure and level of development to evaluate the macroeconomic consequences of a decline in gender inequality in the labour market. Social reproduction is defined in terms of the time and money it takes to produce, maintain and invest in the labour force, so it includes both paid and unpaid care work. The analytical emphasis is on how the distributions of production and reproduction among women, men, the state and capital determine investment and growth and how gender inequality is both cause and consequence of these relationships.

loader image

Table of Contents



A macroeconomic framework for social reproduction

Economic structure, social reproduction and growth

The rise of the social investment state