8th Annual Ailsa McKay Memorial Lecture Thursday 11 May, 5pm GCU

What’s love got to do with it:  Gender and the productivity paradox in Scotland



In Scotland, as in other countries, the productivity growth that drives improvements in living standards has quickly decelerated over the course of the 21st century. Conventional economists seeking an explanation have suggested the increasing importance of services, a lack of investment, a bureaucratic state, poor education, inequality and Brexit as possible answers. This lecture argues that these explanations are based on an understanding of productivity that fails to account for the role of the care economy. It is suggested that a crisis in the care economy may be the most important source of the contemporary productivity paradox.


Haroon is Professor of Economics and International Development Studies in the Department of International Development Studies at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, where he is also a Fellow of Champlain College. Haroon Akram-Lodhi is Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Development Studies and Associate Editor of Feminist Economics. He is also: a Professorial Research Associate in the Department of Economics at SOAS, University of London, an Associated Research Professor of the Academic Unit in Development Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Mexico Previously, Haroon Akram-Lodhi has been: a fellow of Food First, the Institute for Food and Development Policy; a member of the Advisory Board for the Women’s Rights Programme of the Open Society Foundations in New York City; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development.

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