Special Call for Papers: Reproductive Health, Childcare, and the Quality of Work

A Special Issue on REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, CHILDCARE, AND THE QUALITY OF WORK Guest Editors: Sarah Gammage, Shareen Joshi, and Yana van der Meulen Rodgers

In the developing world, women’s efforts to balance care and work often relegate them to the informal sector. Yet this outcome is also likely to vary by women’s access to reproductive health services, their ability to carry out their fertility intentions and better plan the timing and spacing of pregnancies and births, and their access to formal and informal care services. In economies with extensive social protection, including statutory rights to parental leave and effective labor market institutions with formal employment options, women are more likely to work in the formal economy. But even in favorable contexts, with greater access to care provision, women work fewer hours in the paid labor market to accommodate their care responsibilities.

The special issue invites papers from a variety of contexts and analytic levels that consider how childbearing, and access to reproductive health and childcare services, and social protection affect women’s decisions to undertake paid work and the type and quality of employment options they encounter.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

• Effectiveness of country-level investments in reproductive health services, social protection, and labor market institutions in supporting women’s formal employment and in mitigating the worst aspects of informality

• Econometric analysis of the complex relationship between macro-level indicators of investments in reproductive healthcare and women’s labor market outcomes

• Evaluations of how reproductive healthcare programs and policies impact women’s attachment to and tenure in the formal labor market

• The relationship among different types of birth control methods and women’s attachment to the labor market

• Regional variations in reproductive healthcare access and labor market outcomes

• Analyses of programs and policies that provide reproductive healthcare and care services to workers in the informal economy


Please send abstracts (up to 250 words) to the Guest Editors at feministeconomics@rice.edu by 31 October 2017. Indicate “Reproductive Health” in the subject line. If your abstract is approved, the complete manuscript must be submitted by 10 February 2018 via the journal’s Scholar One portal, http://tinyurl.com/SubmitRFEC.

Please send any queries to feministeconomics@rice.edu. We look forward to receiving your manuscript!