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Assessing the Impact of Religion on Gender Status

Jennifer Olmsted

Feminist Economics, 2002, vol. 8, issue 3, 99-111

Abstract: In an article published in Economic Development and Cultural Change , Shoshona Grossbard-Shechtman and Shoshona Neuman "offer clues on how religion affects women's value of time in marriage." Using data from Israel, they argue that they are able to measure differences in the value of women's time in marriage among Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Unfortunately their article contains a number of erroneous statements concerning the three religions on which they focus. They provide little scriptural support for their conclusions, and ignore the particularities of the local religious practices in Israel. As such, their theoretical argument is flawed. In addition, their interpretation of their results and their treatment of religion as a dummy variable are rather problematic. In this comment I challenge their discussion of how both scripture and local practice define the three religions, as well as problematizing and reinterpreting the authors' empirical results.

Keywords: Religion; Marriage; Labor; Islam; Orientalism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2002
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