Research Professor James Heintz (Political Economy Research Institute) kicks off this semester's Faculty Colloquium Series presented by the Center for Public Policy and Administration.
Gender equality has featured prominently in international economic policy deliberations and discussions in recent years, often with an emphasis on how gender equality can boost economic growth and improve efficiency. But the reality is much more complex and this way of framing the debate overly narrow and misleading. Drawing on the thinking behind the Progress of the World's Women 2014, a flagship publication of UN-Women, this seminar will examine conflicting ideas and controversies over the role of gender equality in economic and development policy.
In addition to his role at the Political Economy Research Institute, Heintz is an associate editor for the journal Feminist Economics. He has written on many economic policy issues, including informal employment, global labor standards, the distributive consequences of macroeconomic policies and human rights. Among the numerous international institutions and U.N. agengies with which he has collaborated on projects are the International Labour Organization, the U.N. Research Institute for Social Development, the Economic Commission for Africa, the United Nations Development Programme and the Human Development Report Office.
Thompson Hall is located at 620 Hicks Way on the UMass Amherst campus.