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Irene van Staveren
I am Associate Professor in Feminist Development Economics at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague (part of Erasmus University).
Interests: social capital, feminist economics, development economics, aristotelian economics, virtue ethics & economics, pluralist economics teaching.
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The meaning of the term “crisis” in the economic literature is not without ambiguity. As a general feature, macroeconomic crises are events marked by “broken promises” that shatter the expectations that many agents had entertained about their economic prospects and wealth positions. The large change in the economic (and possibly also, social and political) environment naturally leads to reappraisals of the views of the world upon which agents had based their expectations, plans and decisions, and to a reconsideration of theories and models on the part of analysts. Crises are “memorable” events with potentially long-lasting consequences on attitudes and beliefs.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at Economics and Ethics
In popular discussions on the moral dimensions of the financial crisis, there is sometimes reference to a gender dimension. A striking fact, for example, is that those responsible for the bankruptcy of the Iceland financial sector are all males, whereas those appointed to clean up the mess are women. Others refer to women’s more caring nature than men, as less predatory and hence less likely to get themselves into the highly competitive quarters of banking and financial trading. But what do we know about women and morality in economic behaviour? In order to address just one dimension of this, I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2009 at Economics and Ethics