ECON 211(F) Women in Development (Same as Women's and Gender Studies 211)

The processes of economic development in poor countries have affected women differently than men. This is because of their different cultural and economic roles, and their substantial exclusion from resources and decision-making. Understanding these processes requires economic tools while also casting light on some of their shortcomings. We will look at accounts by feminist economists of the significance of unpaid `caring' labor, and bargaining processes within the household. We will also consider issues such as women's access to credit; the informal sector; and women's relation to the current global HIV/AIDS pandemic. Students will also be expected to read literature by Third World writers to improve their sense of the texture of people's lives in poor countries. Format: lectures and discussion. Requirements include weekly reaction papers and final exam. Prerequisite: Economics 110. Enrollment limit: 40 (expected: 30).