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A Feminist Comparative Economic Systems


  • Barbara Hopkins
  • Lynn Duggan


This study proposes that feminist research be integrated into the field of comparative economic systems (CES) and that CES return to its traditional institutionalist methodologies to facilitate more complete analyses of economic systems and feminist alternatives to these systems and institutions. The study describes the evolution of CES, drawing attention to an increasing reliance on econometric modeling that reflects a shift in focus away from systems. An inventory of research on women and gender that has appeared in CES journals and textbooks finds little on topics other than formal labor markets in transition economies. The study contrasts this literature on women and gender in transition economies to research on this topic by women from transition economies, a literature that CES journal authors do not reference. It concludes by proposing a feminist economics approach that focuses on gender-differentiated impacts of economic systems, analyses of households, and equity as a measure of progress.

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  • Barbara Hopkins & Lynn Duggan, 2011. "A Feminist Comparative Economic Systems," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(3), pages 35-69.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:17:y:2011:i:3:p:35-69
    DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2011.582847

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    1. Dore, Ronald, 2000. "Stock Market Capitalism: Welfare Capitalism: Japan and Germany versus the Anglo-Saxons," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199240616.
    2. J. Barkley Rosser, Jr. & Marina V. Rosser, 2004. "Comparative Economics in a Transforming World Economy, 2nd Edition," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262681536, January.
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    Cited by:

    1. Johnson, Marianne & Kovzik, Alexander, 2016. "Teaching comparative economic systems 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union," International Review of Economics Education, Elsevier, vol. 22(C), pages 23-33.
    2. Barbara E. Hopkins, 2013. "Gender and provisioning under different capitalisms," Chapters,in: Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life, chapter 7, pages 93-112 Edward Elgar Publishing.


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