Invitation to March 16th lunch seminar with Nancy Folbre (feminist economist)

You are invited to a lunch seminar with Nancy Folbre (Emerita, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

“Measurement and Valuation of Unpaid Care”
Monday, March 16, 12:00-2:00pm
Dauer Hall 215

This faculty and graduate lunch seminar will discuss some of the methodological issues and practical problems related to valuation of unpaid care work. Although the pre-circulated attached papers convey a sense of the technical concerns in this area for practicing economists, the seminar discussion will focus more on the implications of unpaid care work for public policies and gender inequality. This seminar is open to faculty and graduate students as well as advanced undergraduates with a particular interest in this area.

Nancy Folbre is Professor Emerita of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Much of her research focuses on the economic dimensions of care work and its impact on gender inequality. She recently edited For Love and Money: Care Provision in the U.S.  (Russell Sage Foundation, 2012), and has authored many articles and books, including Greed, Lust, and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas (Oxford, 2009). Between 2009 and 2014 she was a weekly contributor to the New York Times Economix blog.

Please RSVP with any dietary restrictions by March 12th to 

Upon receipt of an RSVP, the following preparatory readings will be shared:

  • Jooyeoun Suh and Nancy Folbre (working paper, version January 23, 2015) “Valuing Unpaid Child Care in the U.S.: A Prototype Satellite Account Using the American Time Use Survey
  • Nancy Folbre (draft manuscript prepared for UN Women) “The Production of People by Means of People”

Please also join us for Nancy Folbre’s public lecture that evening:

“Unpaid and Unpriced: Toward a Feminist Political Economy”

Nancy Folbre (Emerita, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

16 March 2015, 5:30 pm, Ustler Hall Atrium, UF Campus

In both theory and practice feminism has always reached beyond an emphasis on gender equality to interrogate the causes and consequences of inequality writ large. In recent years, the emergence of feminist social science has generated a distinctive approach to political economy that emphasizes the intersection of many different forms of collective identity and action, with important implications for the trajectory of our economic system. Growing attention to the economic importance of unpaid work within families and communities parallels, in many respects, attention to the other unpriced resources crucial to a sustainable environment. Feminist theory can help construct a new paradigm for progressive political change.

  • This event is free and open to the public.

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