econlife on ‘Gender gap’

In the US and beyond, women have been an underutilized resource. Econlife looks at feminist issues and the changing role and value of women at home and at work.

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    We Are Living Longer

    Mar 20, 11 • 99 Views • Gender gap, Government, HouseholdsNo Comments

    Using data for 2009 from death certificates in all 50 states, the national Centers for Disease Control has concluded that we are living longer. A male infant’s projected life span has risen .2 years to 75.7 while a female infant’s life expectancy...

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    Women and Competition

    Dec 30, 10 • 109 Views • Developing Economies, Economic Debates, Gender gap, Labor, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    Just a comment today on a study about females and competition. Comparing a matrilineal society in India to a patriarchal society in Tanzania, a 2007 study revealed a huge difference in how much women compete. These quotes are wonderfully representative: From...

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    The Cost of a Family

    Dec 23, 10 • 99 Views • Economic History, Gender gap, Households, Labor, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    The cost of having a family has gone up and it has gone down. In its annual report on the average cost of raising a child in a middle income family, the Department of Agriculture said from 2008 to 2009, the amount has risen by 1%. A child born during 2009 is...

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    Well-Being Yardsticks

    Nov 17, 10 • 101 Views • Developing Economies, Economic Debates, Gender gap, Macroeconomic MeasurementNo Comments

    Having just looked at the “Human Development Report 2010” from the UN, I thought of a former mayor of NYC, Ed Koch. Mayor Koch used to ask, “How am I doing?” Let’s assume that an economy can ask the same question. What yardstick...

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    Powerful Women

    Oct 16, 10 • 98 Views • Behavioral Economics, Businesses, Gender gap, LaborNo Comments

    Lady Gaga is #7. Yes, according to a 2010 Forbes list of the most powerful women in the world, Lady Gaga’s power is surpassed by just 6 other women: Michelle Obama, Irene Rosenfeld (Kraft Foods CEO), Oprah, Angela Merkel (Germany’s...