Thursday, October 23, 2014
  1. The Economic Consequences of Sex

    Mukesh Eswaran

    The Economic Consequences of Sex

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     finds compelling the post-modernist view that women are constrained by socially constructed ideas.

    Zambia Africa woman Georgina Smith/Flickr

    If assumptions about gender (such as innate differences in abilities) have become intellectually untenable, why do gender differences in economic outcomes persist? Economists have recently identified a fundamental reason in a phenomenon that remains pervasive: the gap in autonomy (or bargaining power) between women and men. READ MORE

  2. Rank Stupidity?

    Blaise Cronin
  3. Criminalizing Consent?

    Sarah Hawkes
  4. Should Adult Sibling Incest Be a Crime?

    Peter Singer

    Should Adult Sibling Incest Be a Crime?

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     takes aim at legal prohibition of consensual sex for one set of grownups.

    Adult sibling incest Adam Foster/Flickr

    The incest taboo has an obvious evolutionary explanation. But when it comes to sex between adult siblings, should we allow our judgment of what is a crime to be determined by feelings of repugnance that may have strengthened the evolutionary fitness of ancestors who lacked effective contraception? READ MORE

  5. Abenomics’ Women Problem

    Yuriko Koike

    Abenomics’ Women Problem

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     says that increasing women's participation in Japan's workforce requires Japanese men to change.

    Shinzo Abe and cabinet members Tt11/AFLO/ZumaPress

    If Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reforms are now stalling, as many fear, one reason could be a lack of capacity to implement policies to boost female employment. Indeed, Abenomics’ success or failure may depend on whether Japanese are convinced that women are essential to their country’s economic revival. READ MORE

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