Handbook on the International Political Economy of Gender
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Handbook on the International Political Economy of Gender

Edited by Juanita Elias and Adrienne Roberts

This Handbook brings together leading interdisciplinary scholarship on the gendered nature of the international political economy. Spanning a wide range of theoretical traditions and empirical foci, it explores the multifaceted ways in which gender relations constitute and are shaped by global politico-economic processes. It further interrogates the gendered ideologies and discourses that underpin everyday practices from the local to the global. The chapters in this collection identify, analyse, critique and challenge gender-based inequalities, whilst also highlighting the intersectional nature of gendered oppressions in the contemporary world order.
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Chapter 17: Financialization, unconventional monetary policy and gender inequality

Brigitte Young


The chapter focuses on the shift to unconventional monetary policies of central banks since the financial crisis of 2007/08, arguing that these policies have increased the private wealth of predominantly males resulting in highly unequal distributional outcomes. Quantitative Easing has increased the values of assets (stocks, bonds, mutual funds), and thus benefited mostly those who own risky investments, have higher education, higher income and inherited wealth. What is new is that the macroeconomic shift to a finance-dominated capitalism (financialization) has changed the parameters of how monetary policies set by the central banks have shaped asymmetric distributional outcomes. Not only has the disciplinary power and dominance of financialization increased inequality, central bank monetary policies have inadvertently led to an unacceptable structure of gendered inequality and social exclusion.

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