Article Highlights

Feminist Economics Highlights: Information and Examples

Starting with our 2020 volume, the journal will include a “Highlights” section in all published articles. This new feature will encourage downloads and citations, as well as attract readers unfamiliar with the journal. 

Authors of accepted manuscripts will be asked to submit a bulleted list of 3–5 main ideas or policy implications from their articles. This list will be style edited and typeset along with the rest of the article, and will appear just after the abstract. Since Highlights are an integral part of the article, the journal will not publish any accepted work that does not include them. 

  • Highlights should concisely convey the main findings or key points readers would gain from reading the full article – brief background or reasons for writing the article, methodological insights (especially if novel), findings/conclusion, and/or policy implications. 
  • Highlights should not directly restate the abstract. They should focus on policy implications where appropriate, or clearly and concisely state the main theoretical insights.
  • To fit the article abstract (150-word limit) and Highlights on the first page of the published article, the points should be no longer than 125 words
  • Where appropriate, authors of research articles should try to include at least one policy implication of the work in their points.
  • uthors of some types of manuscripts may not have policy implications to highlight. They should highlight key contributions of their work and implications for future research, if any.



Sample Highlights for “Poverty in US Lesbian and Gay Couple Households,” by Alyssa Schneebaum and M. V. Lee Badgett

 (Feminist Economics 25.1)

  • A “hidden poverty gap” exists between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and non-LGBT people in the US.
  • Same-sex couples have characteristics that correlate with a lower risk of poverty, but they get less protection from those characteristics than others. 
  • Government agencies should pursue research and data collection to better understand needs and challenges unique to low-income LGBT couples.
  • Social-service providers could assess whether income-support programs and human services meet the needs of low-income LGBT people.
  • Policies designed to reduce employment discrimination and raise the minimum wage will reduce poverty for all, including LGBT people. 


Sample Highlights for “Patriarchy versus Islam: Gender and Religion in Economic Growth,” by Elissa Braunstein 

(Feminist Economics 20.1)

  • A subset of the economics literature on gender inequality and development uses Islam as a proxy for traditional culture.
  • Using affiliation with Islam as an exemplar of gender discrimination is neither a theoretically nor statistically robust proxy for patriarchal preferences. 
  • Direct measures of patriarchal institutions provide insight into the role of patriarchy as a system of male advantage. 
  • Religious affiliation in itself is not directly responsible for slowed economic growth, but rather patriarchal institutions. 
  • Policy makers should avoid drawing easy equivalences between Muslim communities and economic irrationality or gender bias. 


Sample Highlights for “Unfolding Patterns of Unpaid Household Work in Latin America,” by Verónica Amarante and Cecilia Rossel 

 (Feminist Economics 24.1)

  • Latin American countries have differing gender gaps in the distribution of unpaid work. 
  • Women in the four countries discussed spend between 2.7 and 4.3 more hours per week in unpaid work than men. 
  • Traditional gender roles and existing welfare architecture contribute to these varying gender gaps in unpaid work. 
  • Structural, institutional, and cultural factors explain men’s and women’s decisions on allocating their paid and unpaid work in Latin America.
  • Policy makers should focus on the role specific policies (leaves, care policies, and labor-market regulations) play in shaping paid and unpaid work allocation in their countries.