7. The Gender Division of Labour; Diversity and Change


Gender & Economics

The gender division of labour refers to the allocation of different jobs or types of work to women and men. In feminist economics, the institutional rules, norms and practices that govern the allocation of tasks between women and men (and girls and boys) also constitute the gender division of labour, which is seen as variable over time and space and constantly under negotiation (Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, 2009).

We aim to discuss differences in the gendered division of labor across different cultural settings and explore how these divisions are affected by societal, economic and historical changes. We thus invite young scholars whose work may address (but need not be limited to) the following topics:

  1. Gender division of paid and unpaid work in private and public life

  2. Occupational segregation by gender and race/ethnicity

  3. Cultural variation in the gender division of labour

  4. Changes in the distribution of human capital (education) and its effect on the gender division of labor

  5. Gender dimensions of informal employment and small businesses

  6. Gender dimensions of labor migration

  7. The relationship between gender ideology and the division of labour throughout the life cycle

Both empirical and theoretical contributions are welcome, and priority will be given to papers analysing these issues with respect to African countries and societies.

Questions regarding this call can be directed to: Erica Aloe (erica.aloe@uniroma1.it) - Gender and Economics Working Group