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I think another point is that women are generally far better at looking after the welfare of families then men are:

Our interviews and perusal of the data available suggest that the poorest families in the world spend approximately 10 times as much (20 percent of their incomes on average) on a combination of alcohol, prostitution, candy, sugary drinks and lavish feasts as they do on educating their children (2 percent).

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"When women command greater power, child health and nutrition improves," Duflo says.

So, if you give women more economic power, children's -- in particular, daughters' -- well-being will improve, and over time the entire community' well-being will improve (in no small part because those daughters will grow up with more economic power and in a better position to contribute to society.)

The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion, but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence.

by marco on Fri Aug 21st, 2009 at 02:54:53 PM EST
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marco, you have made a lot of interesting comments here but have you considered making a comment or two at another diary {Male bias in macro-economics???} of similar concepts discussed?

I agree with your sentiment, but I have to point out that when you state:

I think another point is that women are generally far better at looking after the welfare of families then men are:

The message supports the sexual divisions of labor in the household and then by default divisions of labor in the market. While it is empirically as well as anecdotaly correct, it still supports the "reproductive role of women" in the household under the auspices of New Household Economics. This in turn leaves women in the triple role in the family that may not always be the best for the family/household unit or for women themselves of the "reproductive role", "productive role" and "community managing role" {as described by Moser, 1993}.

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by Ronald Rutherford (rdrradio1 -at- msn -dot- com) on Sat Aug 22nd, 2009 at 05:18:15 PM EST
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