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Gender and the stability of consumption: a feminist contribution to post-Keynesian economics

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  • S. Charusheela

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Alan Coddington critiques post-Keynesians for their use of fundamental uncertainty. He argues that fundamental uncertainty should also affect the consumption function, undermining the case for Keynesian macroeconomic policies. This paper shows how contemporary feminist theory provides post-Keynesians with a compelling response to Coddington. It uses the concept of gender as an effect of heteronormativity to integrate 'the household', the institution that undertakes consumption spending, into post-Keynesian economics. This gives us a more robust analysis of the sources of consumption stability in a world marked by the fundamental unknowability of the future. Copyright The Author 2008. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Cambridge Political Economy Society. All rights reserved., Oxford University Press.

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  • S. Charusheela, 2010. "Gender and the stability of consumption: a feminist contribution to post-Keynesian economics," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 34(6), pages 1145-1156.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:cambje:v:34:y:2010:i:6:p:1145-1156
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    1. Zdravka Todorova, 2013. "Conspicuous Consumption as Routine Expenditure and its Place in the Social Provisioning Process," American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 72(5), pages 1183-1204, November.
    2. Todorova, Zdravka, 2013. "Consumption as a Social Process within Social Provisioning and Capitalism: Implications for Heterodox Economics," MPRA Paper 51516, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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