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The crisis of care, international migration, and public policy


  • Lourdes Beneria


Focusing on Europe's reconciliation policies, aimed to balance family and labor market work, this paper explores whether some of the legislative efforts introduced in Europe during the past decade could be applied to Latin American countries with important migrant populations, such as Bolivia and Ecuador. This paper argues that there are differences between Northern and Southern countries that would influence the effectiveness of these kinds of policies in the South. Three differences in particular - the availability of domestic service, the extent of the informal economy, and international migration - are taken into consideration. Using the capabilities approach framework, this paper outlines other lines of public policy action that can be useful in designing reconciliation policies for the South. Finally, the paper argues that there is an urgent need for re-thinking gender equity within the emerging gender order across countries.

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  • Lourdes Beneria, 2008. "The crisis of care, international migration, and public policy," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(3), pages 1-21.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:14:y:2008:i:3:p:1-21
    DOI: 10.1080/13545700802081984

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    1. IƱaki Permanyer, 2013. "Are UNDP Indices Appropriate to Capture Gender Inequalities in Europe?," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 110(3), pages 927-950, February.

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    Gender equality; social reproduction; globalization; international migration; capability approach; social policy; JEL Codes: B54 F22;

    JEL classification:

    • B54 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Feminist Economics
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration


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