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Women in the world economy : an INSTRAW study
Joekes, Susan P.
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Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.

Physical Description:
xii, 161 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
1490 Lexile.
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Until now, there has been little coordinated research on the role of women in the economics of developing countries, or on the impact of the international economy on women in those countries. Here, Susan Joekes not only examines women who are engaged in what is defined as gainful, or wageearning employment, she also considers the role of women in unpaid labor such as household work, farm work on their own land, and other activities that put them in the position of managing resources. Specially commissioned by the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for theAdvancement of Womem (INSTRAW), this study examines such topics as trade and finance, technological change, agriculture, industry, services, and emerging trends in the international economy as related to women, and concludes with proposals for innovative development policies.

Author Notes

Susan P. Joekes, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; on behalf of the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) at the United Nations.

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This slender volume, summarizing a number of UN-sponsored technical studies, investigates the role of women in developing nations and the impact of burgeoning international trade and finance over the past 25 years upon women in those countries. Relying upon explicitly economic analysis, Joekes analyzes subcontinental trends for three major sectors; agriculture, manufacturing, and the services. The impact of technology is studied in a separate chapter. The volume concludes that women's economic position has improved as a result of international exchange. This must be qualified, since within sectors the gender-based earnings gap has widened, and international trade may not have brought a net increase in women's employment. Improvement stemmed largely from the shift of women out of agriculture and into industry and the services. This book belongs in academic libraries; its scope, theory, and explicit policy orientation will make it a frequently consulted work. Unlike most studies of this type, it encompasses all of the developing countries and contrasts them with the developed nations. While it is relatively unencumbered by statistics, this volume is chock full of economic theory. If libraries could select just one book to complement Ester Boserup's Woman's Role in Economic Development (1986), this would be the best choice. Lower-division through graduate level collections.-D. Lindstrom, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Statement Adopted by the Consultative High-Level Expert Meeting on the Role of Women in International Economic Relationsp. vii
Part I Women And World Economic Activityp. 1
1 Introductionp. 3
2 The Position of Women in a Changing Worldp. 12
Part II The Changing International Economic Environmentp. 33
3 Trade and Financep. 35
4 Technological Changep. 55
Part III Employment Trends For Women By Sectorp. 61
5 Agriculturep. 63
6 Industryp. 80
7 Servicesp. 106
Part IV The Need For A Reassessmentp. 115
8 Emerging Trends in the International Economy as Related to Women: Summary of Findingsp. 117
9 Toward Innovative Development Policiesp. 138
Annex: Excerpts on Women in Development: International Development Strategy for the Third United Nations Development Decadep. 147
Bibliographyp. 150
Indexp. 157

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