The cold acquisitive logic of market capitalism and the desperate vulnerability of bare life under its domain meet in Sydney Calkin’s Human Capital in Gender and Development, which offers a critique of human capital theory and its role in shaping contemporary gender-focused development work.
Abstract. This thesis conducts positive and normative analysis of inequality based on human capital theory. In Chapter 2, we document important differences in early child investments by family income and study four leading mechanisms thought to explain these gaps: intergenerational ability correlation, consumption value of investment, information frictions, and credit constraints.
According to human capital theory, the division of laborwithin the family, which fosters very dissimilar gender work patterns, generates significantly smaller monetary gains from investment for women. Because of this, male human capital investments typically exceed women’s, and as a result, male earnings surpass women’s earnings.The Gender Pay Gap Across Countries: A Human Capital Approach The gender wage gap varies across countries. For example, among OECD nations women in Australia, Belgium, Italy and Sweden earn 80% as much as males, whereas in Austria, Canada and Japan women earn about 60%.The work of Angela McRobbie, a key theorist in the area of gender inequality in the workforce is highly pertinent to this discussion. McRobbie’s concept of the post-feminist masquerade highlights the harmful impact of gender assumptions in contemporary workforces (2007).
In this essay, four theories are assessed in relation to the magnitude of the gender pay gap in the UK. These theories are taste discrimination, statistical discrimination, human capital and occupational segregation. Other research and data are included in this essay as evidence to support the.Read More
This thesis conducts positive and normative analysis of inequality based on human capital theory. In Chapter2, we document important differences in early child investments by family income and study four leading mechanisms thought to explain these gaps: intergenerational.Read More
Abstract We show that gender inequality decreases the variety of goods countries produce and export, in particular in low-income and developing countries.Read More
Gender Inequality in the Workplace and How Women can Navigate it Ways in which gender inequality manifests itself in the workplace today. These manifestations are occupational sex segregation, lack or cap on promotions, recruitment issues, difficulty to find or afford child care, tokenism, punishment for maternity leave, and sexual harassment.Read More
Therefore, an overview of the issue of gender inequality from the economic and psychological perspectives is thus relevant. Keywords: Gender inequality; Human capital; Discrimination; Occupational preferences. Introduction. Gender inequality is not only a recent concern in the study of contemporary labour economics.Read More
The human capital theoryexplains women’s lower wages with gender differences in individual characteristics associated with productivity, such as level of education, labour market experience, on-the-job train- ing and other aspects that affect earnings (Becker 1967; Polachek 1995).Read More
Recent developments in the theory take, as their point of departure, recognition of the fundamental role played by the cost of human time in the allocation of time; more than any other insight, this may prove to be the most valuable contribution of human capital theory. 24 pp. Ref.Read More
Gender inequality acknowledges that men and women are not equal and that gender affects an individual's living experience. These differences arise from distinctions in biology, psychology, and cultural norms. Some of these types of distinctions are empirically grounded while others appear to be socially constructed.Read More
Statistical discrimination is a theory of inequality between demographic groups based on stereotypes that do not arise from prejudice or racial and gender bias. It occurs when rational, information-seeking decision makers use aggregate group characteristics to evaluate relevant personal characteristics of the individuals with whom they interact.Read More
One area social capital literature is weak on is gender (Kilby 2002) (1).Ethnic and gender dimensions of social capital remain under-recognized (Fox and Gershman 2000 (2); Molinas 1998 (3)).In the literature, social capital is generally conceptualized gender-blind, paying little attention to gendered intra-household issues of power and hierarchy (Norton 2001 (4); Silvey and Elmhirst 2003 (5)).Read More