Macroeconomics & GenderMainstream economics has traditionally not given much attention to gender analysis. However, more recent contributions from the fields of labour economics, development studies, and feminist analysis recognize and substantiate the role of gender equality for economic growth and socio-economic development. Such analytical frameworks have enriched the understanding of issues such as ‘missing women’s work’ and unpaid household labour, the ‘care economy’, gender equality in labor market and so on. Still, the focus has usually remained at the analysis of the micro-level; engendering macroeconomics and macro-economic policy remains an underdeveloped area in research and, even more, in political practices.
In India, there has been progress in gendering policy with attempts on gender budgeting and training on gender issues. But the understanding of engendering macroeconomic policy and what it means to undertake at the macro level is still at a nascent stage. The Heinrich Böll Foundation’s programme addresses the question of ‘why’ and ‘how’ gender matters in macroeconomics. It wants to contribute to make gender analysis of macroeconomic and socio-economic reform policies much more acceptable and integrated in public policy.
Since 2009, HBF’s “gender and trade” programme had been working towards gaining a better understanding of the ways in which trade liberalization in India has influenced gender (in)equalities. The current programme is a further step in the same direction, towards strengthening competency, analytical capacity and action in the thematic area of “gender and macroeconomics”. Towards this end we engage with policy makers/analysts, development practitioners, research institutions, civil society organizations and the academia.