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Economics of gender and economic growth theory: The relationship between women-mothers and other consumer agents


  • Cristhian Villegas Herrera

    () (Departamento de Economía, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, UAM-I. Av. San Rafael Atlixco N° 186, Col. Vicentina Código Postal 09340, Iztapalapa, México Distrito Federal.)


This paper shows the main economic implications derived from an analytical distinction of women-mothers among the rest of consumers within the dynamics of a Ramsey-Cass Koopmans type model. Results imply that women-mothers reach lower levels of stationary consumption than the rest of economic agents. It is shown, however, that such asymmetry can be reduced if it is treated within the framework of the theory of nonexistence of labor market. On the contrary, the asymmetry remains if we work within the traditional Ramsey-Cass-Koopmans model. The basic assumption of this research is that women just differ from men in the exclusive possibility of gestation and birth.

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  • Cristhian Villegas Herrera, 2012. "Economics of gender and economic growth theory: The relationship between women-mothers and other consumer agents," Economía, Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (IIES). Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Sociales. Universidad de Los Andes. Mérida, Venezuela, vol. 37(33), pages 65-83, January-j.
  • Handle: RePEc:ula:econom:v:37:y:2012:i:33:p:65-83

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    1. David Bloom & David Canning & Günther Fink & Jocelyn Finlay, 2009. "Fertility, female labor force participation, and the demographic dividend," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 14(2), pages 79-101, June.
    2. Fernando Antonio Noriega Ureña, 2010. "Microfundamentos para la economía de la mujer," Economia y Sociedad., Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, Facultad de Economia, issue 25, pages 69-89, Enero-Jun.
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    Economics of gender; discrimination; growth; poverty.;

    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General


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