Financing for Gender Equality: Reframing and Prioritizing Public Expenditures to Promote Gender Equality

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October 25, 2013

Financing for Gender Equality: Reframing and Prioritizing Public Expenditures to Promote Gender Equality

Well-targeted public investments that reduce inequality can be self-sustaining insofar as they raise the productive capacity of the economy and thereby stimulate growth. With growth come higher incomes, generating the tax base to fund future public investment expenditures. This policy brief explores these issues as they regard gender equality.

It first considers the main macroeconomic challenges for financing for gender equality. Then, it dentifies crucial linkages between expenditures to promote gender equality and fiscal space, providing some empirical evidence on the beneficial effects of inclusive and equitable policies in a variety of developing countries. Key alternative policies and measures in relation to financing for gender equality that deserve policymakers' attention are presented in the conclusion.

The brief was written by Stephanie Seguino, Economics Professor, University of Vermont, in January 2013, with support from UN Women.

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Stephanie Seguino
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2013