Do ends justify means? Feminist economics perspectives on the business case for gender equality in the UK labour market

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This paper intends to explore a feminist economics perspective on business case arguments for gender equality in the UK labour market, where there are significant inequalities between men and women. Policy discourse on gender equality has moved from one which emphasises ‘equal opportunities’ and notions of fairness and equal treatment to one which focuses on increasing economic efficiency in the wider economy and viewing female employees as a competitive advantage for individual firms. Developments in the policy discourse of gender equality in the labour market have been heavily influenced by mainstream, neoclassical economics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118
JournalE-Cadernos CES
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009



  • labour market
  • feminist economics
  • gender equality
  • business case

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