Economics at your fingertips  

Gender and Comparative Advantage: Feminist–Heterodox Theorizing about Globalization

Shaianne T. Osterreich ()
Additional contact information
Shaianne T. Osterreich: Department of Economics, Ithaca College, 420 Muller Center, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Economies, 2019, vol. 7, issue 2, 1-12

Abstract: Heterodox feminist scholars have argued that global trade patterns reflect patterns of competitive advantage—rather than comparative advantage—and that that competitive advantage is gendered. Further, they have suggested that we need more theoretical and empirical scholarship in this area. This paper assesses the state of the literature against this call to action for more feminist–heterodox work on trade, with an emphasis on the manufacturing sector. New strands on the impact of gender on global production have been developed, including (a) integrating gender relations into global value chain analysis, (b) empirical work examining possible trends in the de-feminization of industrial sectors with technological upgrading, and (c) conceptual and empirical work on the interplay between gender, social provisioning, informal work, and the informalization of formal work. The first two strands, although well developed, would benefit from more research that is better integrated with the third strand. Further, this whole range of scholarly work needs to contend more broadly with the causes and effects of persistent gender-based occupational segregation, which underpins all three strands of work. A lot of excellent work has been done, and yet, more scholarship is needed to best understand the extent to which employment in industrial exports can function as a means to gender equity, empowerment, and mobility.

Keywords: gender; heterodox economics; feminist economics; absolute advantage; global value chains (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E F I J O Q (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) (application/pdf) (text/html)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Access Statistics for this article

Economies is currently edited by Prof. Dr. Ralf Fendel

More articles in Economies from MDPI, Open Access Journal
Bibliographic data for series maintained by XML Conversion Team ().

Page updated 2019-05-18
Handle: RePEc:gam:jecomi:v:7:y:2019:i:2:p:35-:d:228460