Gender and Austerity


TASC, together with the Foundation for European Progresive Studies (FEPS), the Economic Council of the Labour Movement (ECLM), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and The Open University have set up a research project with the aim to investigate the changing position, role and pay of both men and women in Europe.

The project assess the gender impacts of recent austerity policies and where the roots of such effects lie. Rather than investigating employment and wages alone, the project ivestigates the impacts of austerity (and recovery) on working conditions, job security and work-life balance.

The project assesses how to create the conditions for a gender equitable and expansionary macroeconomic framework in Europe and will give a full picture of various effects of policy change, such as austerity cuts as well as modelling alternative policies for a more inclusive recovery plan for both men and women.

The main research questions are:

  1. What are the effects of austerity policies on men and women in Europe?
  2. What are the alternative solotuions which promote employment and equality as the primary focus of recovery?

To address these questions the project brings together research on macroeconomic policies with more sector-specific micro-level research. A series of complementary tools and models will be used to assess different scenarios for recovery and reconstruction of the European economy.

Research and policy related output

Cozzi, G., De Henau, J. (2015) The Junker’s Plan must not be a missed opportunity for gender equality in Europe Policy Viewpoint n.5

Barry, U. (2014) Gender Equality and Economic Crisis: Ireland and EU

Corsi, M. (2014) Towards a PINK NEW DEAL

Onaram, Ö. (2014) The role of gender equality in an equality-led sustainable development

Hansen, S. and Andersen, L. (2014) A gendered investment plan. FEPS Economic Policy Brief No.2, February

Bargawi, H. and Cozzi G. (2014) Engendering recovery for Europe: Modelling alternatives to austerity FEPS Policy Brief

Seminars and Roundtable Discussions

Recovery for whom? Austerity policies, gendered impacts and policy alternatives for Europe. Brusssels 5th March 2015.

Beyond austerity, towards employment: Progressive economic policies for equitable growth and job creation with Fundació Rafael Campalans. Barcelona, 11th December 2014.

Seminar between academics, policy makers and civil society on Beyond Austerity, Towards Employment: a Gender Aware Framework, FEPS, 11th and 12th February 2014 (full programme and seminar briefs).

Selected Background material

Andersen, L. and Bjørsted, (2013) The Way Out of the Crisis: An Alternative to Austerity, Policy Brief No.3

Barry, U. (2008) Where are We Now? New Feminist perspectives on women in contemporary Ireland, TASC Books, New Island: Dublin

Bennett, Fran, Jérôme De Henau and Sirin Sung (2010), "Within household inequalities across classes? Money management and income", in Scott, J., R. Crompton and C. Lyonette (eds), Gender Inequalities in the 21st Century: New barriers and continuing constraints, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

De Henau, J. and Himmelweit, S. (in press) Comparing welfare regimes by their effects on intra-household inequalities' in Ferri, M. and Monsonis-Paya, I. (eds) Sustainability and transformation in European Social Policy, Peter Lang.gue

De Henau, J. Himmelweit, S. and Santos, C. (2010) "Gender Equality and Taxation: A UK case Study" in C. Grown and I. Valodia (eds) Taxation and Gender Equity: A Comparative Analysis of Direct and Indirect Taxes in Developing and Developed Countries, Abingdon: Routledge International Studies in Money and Banking: 261–298.

McKinley, T., Cozzi G., Mitchell, J., and Bargawi, A. (2013) How can the EU Federal Government spearhead an employment-led recovery?, Policy Brief No.1

Murphy, M. (2012) Gender, Governance and the Irish Crisis. TASC Thinkpieces, May 2012

Tánczos, J. (2013) s representation. A transatlantic Gender Dialogue, FEPS Books

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