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Gender Budgeting

Author/Editor: Stotsky, Janet Gale
Authorized for Distribution: October 1, 2006
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Disclaimer: This Working Paper should not be reported as representing the views of the IMF. The views expressed in this Working Paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the IMF or IMF policy. Working Papers describe research in progress by the author(s) and are published to elicit comments and to further debate.

Summary: Women are disadvantaged relative to men, according to key economic, social, and political measures of equality, but in many areas, such as education, differences are narrowing. The concept of externalities underlies the arguments for including gender considerations in budget programs and policies. Other arguments have a weaker economic basis but may be more socially or politically compelling. The experience to date with "gender budgeting," which entails looking at gender issues comprehensively within the budget, has been mixed. To become more useful, gender budgeting should be integrated into budget processes in a way that generates tangible improvements in policy outcomes. The International Monetary Fund should encourage fiscal authorities to take into account the external benefits of reducing gender inequalities and to remove from fiscal legislation any arbitrary discrimination against women.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 06/232
Subject(s): Gender equality | Budgeting | Government expenditures | Fiscal policy | Fund policies
Author's keyword(s): Gender budgeting | government budgets
 
English  
    Published:   October 1, 2006        
    ISBN/ISSN:   1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2006232   Pages:   50
    Price:   US$18.00 (Academic Rate: US$18.00 )
       
     
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