Publish Year : 2009
Thematic Area: Development Effectiveness
Language: English
Region of Relevance: Global
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Author(s): Stephanie Seguino


This paper by Stephanie Seguino, University of Vermont Date in March 2009 argues that the economic and financial crisis provides an opportunity to rethink the role of government in the economy. The author suggests that addressing the economic crisis requires among other interventions a direct focus on women's well-being. Women are likely to be targeted first for jobs layoffs, but have the fewest reserves with which to shield themselves and their children from the drop in income. Targeting public sector spending in activities that employ women benefits not only them but also their children. It is also an investment in long run growth."