By Clement A Tisdell (The University of Queensland, Australia)

World Scientific Publishing

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This unique book provides an easily comprehended overview of facts about gender inequality and contains a valuable introduction to economic theories of this inequality, the applicability of which is assessed in the light of empirical evidence. A special feature of this book is its adoption of a multidisciplinary approach to the study of gender inequality. Both economic and sociological influences on gender inequality are taken into account in an innovative fashion.

The scholarly coverage of this book is broad and focuses mainly on female disadvantage; both that suffered by female children and by women. Subjects covered include economic theories of gender inequality and critiques of these; sex selection, preferences for boys and the value of females; measures of gender inequality and their application; the occurrence of poverty and its relationship with the deprivation of women and children; implications for the status of females of their access to different forms of capital (taking into account modern concepts of capital); the need to take into account little explored relationships between gender inequality and the achievement of sustainable development; ecofeminism; and the abuse of women by men. The discussion is reinforced by case studies and examples drawn primarily from South Asian and Northeast Asian countries. Some attention is given in the case studies to the diverse practices of ‘tribal’ people and minorities. This is done in order to better assess existing theories about gender inequality. The value of adopting a multidisciplinary approach to the study of gender inequality is well demonstrated. Consequently, this book provides a more holistic and balanced view of gender inequality than other available books.

About the Author

Clement A Tisdell is Professor Emeritus, School of Economics, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and an Honorary Professor of Renmin (People’s) University, China. He is one of the top ranked economists internationally according to IDEAS. He has been researching aspects of gender inequality and publishing in this area for more than 20 years. He has authored or edited numerous books. His most recent books include Economic and Environmental Change: The Challenges We FaceSustaining Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functions: Economic IssuesHuman Values and Biodiversity Conservation: The Survival of Wild SpeciesCompetitionDiversity and Economic PerformanceHandbook of Tourism Economics — AnalysisNew Application and Case StudiesNature-based Tourism and Conservation — New Economic Insights and Case Studies. His book Economics of Environmental Conservation, Second Edition was given the Choice Award of the American Libraries Association. The demands for his books have been such that most have been reissued in recent times and kept in print. In addition, he has published over 600 articles in international journals. His full biographical details can be found by visiting the following website: and he can be found on LinkedIn Also see his profile on ResearchGate and Academia.

Tisdell has held visiting positions in many universities (e.g. Princeton and Stanford) and other institutions in nations which include Brunei, China, Germany, Fiji, France, India, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA. He has undertaken much primary (grassroots) research in the Asia-Pacific including India and China. His wide research interests extend well beyond economics. His research output has a high impact on other researchers (see ResearchGate, for example). His basic aim is to know the fundamental nature of things and to do so, he typically combines theory and empiricism. This he does in Gender Inequality.

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