CPPA Faculty Colloquium Explores Links Between Gender Equality and Economic Growth Worldwide

Research professor James Heintz of the Political Economy Research Institute will speak on “Gender Equality, Economic Growth and Human Rights: Where do we go From Here?” on Monday, Sept. 30 at noon in 620 Thompson Hall to kick off the fall Center for Public Policy and Administration Faculty Colloquium series.

Gender equality has featured prominently in international economic policy deliberations and discussions in recent years, often with an emphasis on how it 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, the seminar will examine conflicting ideas and controversies over the role of gender equality in economic and development policy.

In addition to his role at PERI, 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. agencies 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.

The CPPA Faculty Colloquium series consists of informal talks, often about works-in-progress, with presenters providing a significant amount of time for audience discussion and feedback. All talks take place in 620 Thompson from noon to 1 p.m. The series is open to the public and brown bag lunches are welcome.