Foul-weather feminism: an analysis of short-term labour and economic trends

Haysn Hornbeck

Abstract


We find evidence that a net influx of female workers during minor economic shocks has a mediating influence on GDP (r=-0.29102, N=57, p=0.02807 is a typical result), consistent with the monetizing of underpaid child care. We also find evidence for a reverse correlation during a crisis situation (r=0.46345, N=42, p=0.00200), a similar pair of effects involving a net male influx (r=-0.38041, N=44, p=0.01086, for instance), and use the latter to calculate the global gender income gap (between 42% and 58%).

Keywords


feminism, economics, labour, childcare

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