Issue 16 – December 2020

Issue Theme Articles

The love of money

What is the going rate for being a mum? Madhavi Venkatesan suggests it’s time to stop following the money. The pandemic has highlighted the relationship and trade-off between parenting and

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Plumbers and pedagogues

Does development always eliminate gender discrimincation? Naila Kabeer scrutinises the thinking behind this year’s Nobel prize-winning methodology in development economics. The 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to three

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The K in recovery

A post-Covid divergence in fortunes is leaving women in the trailing leg. Selvin Kwong reports.  Jenny is one of many women who lost their jobs or had their hours reduced

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She dared to meddle

Perkins: her 12 years as Secretary for Labour is a record: it took American women 50 years to match her tenure between them. Tom Levitt introduces his book on the life

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Long covid

Dr Hanna Szymborska asks what does Sunak’s labour market policy mean for women? Ever since the first national lockdown was imposed in March 2020, rising unemployment has been one of

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People count

Marianna Leite discusses the need for a global economic overhaul. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic we have been bombarded with statements, rapid assessments and calls to action. We

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Gap analysis

A woman’s work: “Producing well-socialised human beings, who collectively are often referred to as the labour supply.” Jennifer Cohen explains why there are no such things as women’s economic issues.

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The stories behind our Festival for Change Finalists

The shock that planted an idea

Dhaka scavenger, Taslima, was delighted to hear about Project Bottle Economy that will enable her to earn more from her work. A pair of technology students in Bangladesh came up

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Bicycle peddling

Zodwa: “It is extremely important that we create independent ways for the people to make money.” A bicycle tourist business run as an aside has morphed into a potential community

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The weight of numbers

Indian society’s fixation on high scores above all else in education is damaging  children’s mental health, according to Festival for Change challenge finalist, Project Ruhani. Karen Marshall explains. Aashna Agrawal

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Period pain

The return on investment in menstrual hygiene awareness in India is huge. The cost of allowing period taboos to persist is tragic. Government money is there Parmjit Nahil reports. Ankit

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Other Articles

Colonial economics

Post pandemic, which issues need to be added and reincorporated into the development economics curriculum? Kevin Deane asks. There is a strong argument that Covid  is not an external shock

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Selling the circular

Thinking out of the box: currently, retail is largely about mass, transactional relationships. Can business ever be good? Henry Leveson-Gower explores. A year ago I was on the hunt for examples

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Flogging a dead horse

Japan’s new leader is looking to revive the nation’s economy with the same strategy that floored it. Dr. Chris G. Pope explains. Abe Shinzo stepped down in September after becoming

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Bank Job

Five years ago my wife and I were struggling as artist / filmmaker duo, writes Daniel Edelstyn.   We felt called to do important work and make a contribution to

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Interviews

After the bull’s left the shop

Six months ago we talked to German economist and erstwhile policy adviser, Wolfram Elsner, about the future of China and geo-political economics. He had just published a book, The Chinese

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Intensive Care

Over five years, Madeleine Bunting travelled the country, speaking to charity workers, doctors, social workers, in-home carers, nurses, palliative care teams and parents, to explore the value of care. Out

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Pioneering spirit

Steve Keen, bête noir of neo-classical economists and author of Debunking Economics, has just published an article in which he sets out a new approach to macro-economic modelling he has

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Columns

Hip to the beat

Pride after a fall. I am recuperating at home under Thomas’s care. The book I began a few months ago is on hold. I have little to distract me from

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Ongoing, massive Ttrump

  Maybe Trump TV will troll Biden nightly and present endless “I was robbed,” conspiracy theories on the 2020 election. Alternatively, reports suggest Trump will start Trump 2024 on inauguration

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Someone’s got to do it

It seems that actually only fools, horses and men work. Perhaps it’s time to recruit elsewhere. Frances Coppola looks at the “Situations Vacant”. A woman’s work, we are told, is

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Rein in men

  Women’s reality is often invisible in economic analysis and that’s not hard to see. And the lack of women in economics too is clear, even outside the mainstream. The

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Central Eating

Pam Warhurst is an impressive community leader with a CBE for her efforts. She has been a council leader, chaired the Forestry Commission and has sat on other influential boards.

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