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Caren Grown Adjunct Associate Professor Economics

PhD, Economics, New School for Social Research<br>MA, Economics, New School for Social Research<br>BA, Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles

Languages Spoken
English, French
Professor Grown specializes in development economics and gender issues, and is the co-director of the Program on Gender Analysis in Economics. From 2011-2013, she was on detail as Senior Gender Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she led the agency's efforts to integrate broader gender issues in foreign assistance. She teaches Econ 675- Gender Perspectives on Economic Analysis: Macro every other spring (odd years), Econ 661 - Survey of Economic Development, Econ 663- Development Macroeconomics, and Econ 374 - Gender Roles in the Economy. She is co- Principal Investigator of the Gender Asset Gap Project, funded by the Dutch MDG3 Fund, which conducted a large-scale household survey in Ecuador, Ghana, and India on all forms of physical and financial assets. She is also the External Research Director for the UNU-WIDER ReCOM Program on Aid Effectiveness and Gender Equality.
See Also
Economics Department
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Feminist Economics
    Associate Editor

  • Development Policy Review
    International Editorial Advisory Board

  • Gender and Development
    International Editorial Board

  • Asian Development Bank
    External Gender Forum

  • Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)
    Program Advisory Committee

  • International Working Group on Gender and Macroeconomics(GEM-IWG)
    Founding Member/Faculty

  • Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession

  • International Association for Feminist Economics

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


  • Taxation and Gender Equity. Edited by Caren Grown and Imraan Valodia (Routledge 2010). Around the world, there are concerns that many tax codes are biased against women, and that contemporary tax reforms tend to increase the incidence of taxation on the poorest women while failing to generate enough revenue to fund the programs needed to improve these women’s lives. This is the first book to systematically examine gender and taxation within and across countries at different levels of development. It presents original research on the gender dimensions of personal income taxes, and value-added, excise, and fuel taxes in Argentina, Ghana, India, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa, Uganda and the United Kingdom. This book is of interest to postgraduates and researchers studying Public Finance, International Economics, Development Studies, Gender Studies, and International Relations, among other disciplines
  • The Feminist Economics of Trade. Edited by Irene Staveren, Diane Elson, Caren Grown, Nilufer Cagatay (Routledge 2007). This book brings together fourteen contributions from a variety of economic perspectives to examine the interaction of international trade and gender relations. It is concerned with both the impact of trade on gender inequality and the impact of gender inequality on trade.
  • Trading Women's Health and Rights Trade Liberalization and Reproductive Health in Developing Economies. Edited by Caren Grown, Elissa Braunstein and Anju Malhotra (Zed Books, 2006). How do economic and trade policies shape public health? This book adds a new dimension to this global debate, by synthesizing research from various disciplines on how international trade liberalization affects reproductive health and rights.
  • Taking action: achieving gender equality and empowering women (Earthscan Press, 2005). Caren Grown, Geeta Rao Gupta, Aslihan Kes. There are many practical steps that can be taken to reduce inequalities based on gender, which hinder the potential to reduce poverty and achieve high levels of well-being in societies around the world. Those detailed in Taking Action include strengthening opportunities, increasing access, investing in infrastructure, guaranteeing rights, eliminating inequality in employment, increasing women's representation in government and reducing violence against girls and women.
  • Gender Impacts of Government Revenue Collection: The Case of Taxation. Kathleen Barnett and Caren Grown This book reviews the literature on the gender dimensions of taxation and implications for tax policy, with special reference to developing countries. It outlines some basic concepts of tax analysis and provides a feminist critique of them, provides recommendations to improve gender equity in tax policy and suggests areas for future research.
  • Development, Crisis, and Alternative Visions: Third World Women's Perspectives. Gita Sen and Caren Grown.  More than half of the world's farmers are women. They are the majority of the poor, the uneducated and are the first to suffer from drought and famine. Yet their subordination is reinforced by well-meaning development policies that perpetuate social inequalities. This book analyses three decades of policies towards Third World women. Focusing on global economic and political crises, debt, famine, militarization, fundamentalism, the authors show how women's moves to organize effective strategies for basic survival are central to an understanding of the development process.

Book Chapters

  • Braunstein, Elissa and Caren Grown. "The Political Economy of State Taxes and Male and Female Employment in the U.S., 1970-2004" in Global Financial Governance and Gender: Key Issues and Policy Rules (Young, B., I. Bakker, and D. Elson) London: Routledge, 2010.
  • Strassman, Diana, Caren Grown, and Martha Starr. “Raising dissonant voices: Pluralism and economic heterodoxy” in Rob Garnett, Erik Olsen and Martha Starr (eds.), Economic Pluralism. London:  Routledge, 2009.
  • "Indicators and Indexes of Gender Equality: What Do They Measure and What Do They Miss?" Equality for Women: Where Do We Stand on Millennium Development Goal 3? (Mayra Buvinic, Andrew Morrison, A. Waafus Ofosu-Amaah, and Mirja Sjoblom, eds.) Washington, DC: World Bank, 2008.
  • Caren Grown, Chandrika Bahadur, Diane Elson, and Jesse Handbury, "The Financial Requirements of Achieving Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment," Equality for Women: Where Do We Stand on Millennium Development Goal 3? (Mayra Buvinic, Andrew Morrison, A. Waafus Ofosu-Amaah, and Mirja Sjoblom, eds.) Washington, DC: World Bank, 2008.
  • "Gender and Development," International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd Edition. (William Darity, editor). MI: Thomson, 2007.
  • "The Economics of Non-Governmental Organizations," The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics: Second Edition. (Lawrence Blume and Steven Durlauf, eds.), London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007.
  • "The Pathways Between Trade Liberalization and Reproductive Health: A Review of the Literature and Some Propositions for Research and Action." In Globalization, Gender and Health: Coming to the 21st Century (editors: Ilona Kickbusch, Kari Hartwig and Justin List). New York: Palgrave-MacMillan. November 2005.
  • Caren Grown and Radhika Balakrishnan, "Foundations and Economics: Tensions and Opportunities," in Garnet, R. (ed.), The Economics of Knowledge Production. London: Routledge, 1999.
  • "Structural Adjustment, Demographic Change and Population Policies: Some Preliminary Notes," in Bakker, I. The Strategic Silence: Gender and Economic Policy. London: Zed Press, 1994.

Journal Articles

  • Caren Grown, Maria, Floro, and Diane Elson, Guest Editors, “Special Issue on Unpaid Work, Time Use, and Public Policy.”  Feminist Economics. Vol 16, No. 3, July 2010.
  • Jessica Ogden, Simel Esim, and Caren Grown, "Expanding the Care Continuum for HIV/AIDS: Bringing Carers into Focus." Health Policy and Planning. September 2006.
  • Stephanie Seguino and Caren Grown, "Gender Equity and Globalization: Macroeconomic Policy for Developing Countries." Journal of International Development. September 2006.
  • Caren Grown, Geeta Rao Gupta, and Rohini Pande, "Taking Action to Improve Women's Health Through Gender Equality and Women's Empowermen., The Lancet. Feb. 5, 2005: Vol. 365: 541-43.  
  • Mehrene Larudee and Caren Grown, "If I were Minister of Finance: Gaining understanding of financial crisis through a simulation workshop." Gender and Development. 2003: Vol. 11, No. 1.  
  • Lourdes Beneria, Maria Floro, Caren Grown and Martha MacDonald (eds.), Feminist Economics. Special Issue on Gender and Globalization, Fall 2000.
  • Caren Grown, Nilufer Cagatay and Diane Elson (eds.), World Development. Special Issue on Growth, Trade, Finance, and Gender Inequality. July 2000.
  • Nilufer Cagatay, Diane Elson, and Caren Grown (eds.), World Development. Special Issue on Gender, Adjustment, and Macroeconomics. November 1995
  • Nilufer Cagatay, Diane Elson, and Caren Grown, "Gender, Adjustment, and Macroeconomics." World Development. November 1995. 
  • Caren Grown and Timothy Bates, "Commercial Bank Lending and the Development of Black- and White-Owned Construction Businesses." Journal of Urban Affairs. November 1992.
  • Caren Grown and Jennefer Sebstand, (eds.), World Development. Special Issue on Beyond Survival: Expanding Income Earning Opportunities for Women in Developing Countries. July 1989.
  • Caren Grown and Jennefer Sebstad, "Toward a Wider Perspective on Women's Employment." World Development. July 1989.
  • Caren Grown, Nilufer Cagatay, and Aida Santiago, "The Nairobi Women's Conference: Toward a Global Feminism?" Feminist Studies. Summer 1986: Vol. 12, No. 2. Reprinted in L. Richardson and V. Taylor, Feminist Frontiers II: Rethinking Sex, Gender, and Society. New York: Random House, 1989

Policy Research Papers (Referred)

Working Papers

  • Elissa Braunstein, Caren Grown, and Diane Elson, "Gender, Employment and State Taxes in the US," May 2006.
  • "Quick Impact Initiatives for Gender Equality: A Menu of Options", World Bank Working Paper. April 2006.   
  • "What Gender Equality Advocates Should Know About Taxation," AWID Discussion Paper. Toronto: Association for Women's Rights in Development. November 2005.
  • Nata Duvvury and Caren Grown, "The Costs of Intimate Partner Violence at the Household and Community Levels: An Operational Framework for Development Countries." Monograph. UNFPA. New York. December 2004.
  • Anju Malhotra, Rohini Pande, Caren Grown, "Impact Of Investments in Female."