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The True Wealth of NationsCatholic Social Thought and Economic Life$
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Daniel Finn

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199739813

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739813.001.0001

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What Do We Know about the Economic Situation of Women, and What Does It Mean for a Just Economy?

What Do We Know about the Economic Situation of Women, and What Does It Mean for a Just Economy?

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(p.227) 9 What Do We Know about the Economic Situation of Women, and What Does It Mean for a Just Economy?
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The True Wealth of Nations
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Simona Beretta

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739813.003.0010

The economic situation of women today provides a critical test of the efficiency and justice of our economic system. Christian anthropology provides the basis for a convincing, and convenient, way to explore what “true” flourishing of women and society means. Such concerns must be addressed if the True Wealth of Nations project is to investigate whether and how applying the principles of Catholic social thought will provide a path to “sustainable prosperity for all”. This chapter begins by offering a broad review of consensus indicators and empirical findings concerning women's economic situation, in both medium-high-income and low-income countries. It then explores the issues of efficiency and justice faced by women in a framework in which generative actions occupy a central role. It reviews current lines of economic research about measuring well-being and societal progress beyond Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and suggests going beyond the measurement of women's “missing” GDP and rethinking the nature of the “care” economy.

Keywords:   economic situation, women, efficiency, justice, well-being

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