Irene Van Staveren

Irene Van Staveren

Ph.D, Erasmus University Rotterdam


Irene van Staveren (1963) is professor of pluralist development economics at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Professor van Staveren’s theoretical interest in is feminist economics, social economics, institutional economics and post-Keynesian economics. Her key research interest is at the meso level of the economy with topics such as social cohesion, social exclusion, inequality and discrimination, as well as ethics and values in the economy and in economics.

She is project leader of the online database Indices of Social Development. In addition, van Staveren is member of the think tank Sustainable Finance Lab and on the board of the student initiative Rethinking Economics NL.She published in 2015 a pluralist economics textbook with Routledge, titled Economics after the Crisis – an introduction to economics from a pluralist and global perspective. She turned this book into a mooc (massive open online course) on the platform Coursera named Introduction to Economic Theories.

  1. With Esther-Mirjam Sent, ‘A Feminist Review of Behavioural Econbomic Research on Gender Differences’, in Feminist Economics, published Open Access online 19 November 2018. DOI:
  2. With Joanna Tyrowicz and Lucas van der Velde (2018) ‘Does Age Exacerbate the Gender-Wage Gap ? New Method and Evidence from Germany, 1984-2014’, Feminist Economics 24 (4) 108-130. Published online 22 August 2018, DOI:10.1080/13545701.2018.1503428
  3. ‘Beyond Stimulus versus Austerity : Pluralist capacity building in macroeconomics’, European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention 14 (2) 2017, pp. 267-281. URL :
  4. ‘Dutch banking culture six years after the fall of ABN Amrobank’, Panoeconomicus 64 (2) 2017, pp. 245-253. URL:
  5. With Zahid Pervaiz (2017) ‘Is it Ethnic Fractionalization or Social Exclusion, Which Affects Social Cohesion?’, Social Indicators Research, 130 (2), pp. 711-731. Online First DOI 10.1007/s11205-015-1205-1 Open Access link:
  6. Abena Oduro and Irene van Staveren (2015) ”Engendering Economic Policy in Africa”, Feminist Economics 21 (3), pp. 1-22.
  7. Guest editor, with Caren Grown and Abena Oduro, of the Special Issue on Engendering Economic Policy in Africa of Feminist Economics, vol. 21, no. 3, 2015 (8 articles plus my co-authored introductory article).
  8. Jana Vyrastekova, Esther-Mirjam Sent and Irene van Staveren, (2015) ”Gender Beliefs and Cooperation in a Public Goods Game”, Economics Bulletin, Vol. 35 No. 2 p. 1148-1153. URL open access:
    ‘The Lehman Sisters Hypothesis’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 38 (5), 2014, p. 995-1014.
  9. with Ellen Webbink, Arjan de Haan and Roberto Foa, ‘The Last Mile in Analyzing Wellbeing and Poverty : Indices of Social Development’, Forum for Social Economics, 43 (1) 2014, pp. 8-26. Online : DOI :10.1080/07360932.2013.780980)
  10. ‘Caring Finance Practices’, Journal of Economic Issues 47 (2), 2013, pp. 419-425.
  11. ‘An Exploratory Cross-Country Analysis of Gendered Institutions’, Journal of International Development 25 (1), 2013, pp. 108-121.
  12. ‘To Measure is to Know ? A Comparable Analysis of Gender Indices’, Review of Social Economy, 71 (3), 2013, pp. 339-372.
  13. ‘An Evolutionary Efficiency Alternative to the Notion of Pareto Efficiency’, Economic Thought 1 (1), 2012, pp. 109-126.
  14. ‘Is a Widening Gender Wage Gap Necessarily Caused by a Glass Ceiling ?’, Work, Organisation, Labour & Globalization 6 (1), 2012, pp. 121-130.
  15. with Ricardo Crespo, ‘Would We have had this Crisis if Women had been Running the Financial Sector ?’, Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment 1 (3-4), 2012, pp. 241-250.
  16. with Elissa Braunstein and Daniele Tavani, ‘Embedding Care and Unpaid Work in Macroeconomic Modeling: A Structuralist Approach’, Feminist Economics 17 (4), 2011, pp. 5-31.
  17. with Colin Danby, ‘Introduction to the Symposium on Post-Keynesian and Feminist Economics’, Cambridge Journal of Economics 34 (6), 2010, pp. 1105-1107.
  18. ‘Post-Keynesianism meets Feminist Economics’, Cambridge Journal of Economics 34 (6), 2010, pp.1123-1144.
  19. ‘The Financial Crisis – 2 Years On’, editorial for a special issue of DevISSues, 12 (2), 2010. The Hague: Institute of Social Studies, 1 page.
  20. Editing of the special issue of DevISSues, 12 (2), 2010. The Hague: Institute of Social Studies, 23 pp..
  21. with Ramzi Mabsout, ‘Disentangling Bargaining Power from Individual and Household Level to Institutions: Evidence on Women’s Position in Ethiopia’, World Development 38: 5, 2010, pp. 783 –796.
  22. ‘Home Care Reform in the Netherlands: Impacts on Unpaid Care in Rotterdam’, Forum for Social Economics, 39 (1), 2010, pp. 13-21.
  23. ‘A Response to Mark D. White’, Review of Political Economy 21 (2), 2009, pp. 309-312.
  24. ‘Communitarianism and the Market: A Paradox’, Review of Social Economy 67 (1), 2009, pp. 25-47.
  25. ‘The Ethics of Efficiency’, Pluralist Economics Review, June, 2008. Online journal:
  26. ‘Introduction to the Special Issue on Ethics and Economics’, Review of Political Economy 20 (2), 2008, pp. 159-161.
  27. ‘The Gender Bias of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Framework’, Review of International Political Economy, 15 (2), 2008, pp. 289-313.
  28. with Sunbo Odebode ‘Gender Norms as Asymmetric Institutions. A Case Study of Yoruba Women in Nigeria’, in Journal of Economic Issues 41 (4), 2007, pp. 903-925.
  29. ‘Christian Economic Thought in The Netherlands’, Forum for Social Economics 36, 2007, pp. 127-141.
  30. with Peter Knorringa, ‘Beyond Social Capital: a Critical Approach’, Review of Social Economy 65 (1), 2007, pp: 1-9.
  31. with Peter Knorringa, ‘Unpacking Social Capital in Economic Development: How Social Relations Matter’, Review of Social Economy 65 (1), 2007, pp. 107-135.
  32. ‘Beyond Utilitarianism and Deontology: Ethics in Economics’, Review of Political Economy 19 (1), 2007, pp. 21-35.
  33. ‘Modelling Care’, Review of Social Economy 63 (4), 2005, pp. 567-586.
  34. ‘Feminism and Realism: a Contested Relationship’, Post-Autistic Economics Review no. 28, 25 October 2004, pp. 13-21.
  35. ‘Monitoring Gender Impacts of Trade’, European Journal of Development Research 15 (1), 2003, pp. 126-145.
  36. with Des Gasper, ‘Development as Freedom – and as What Else?’, Feminist Economics 9 (1), 2003, pp. 137-162.
  37. ‘Beyond Social Capital in Poverty Research’, Journal of Economic Issues, 2 (37) 2003, pp. 415-422.
  38. with Barbara Krug, ‘Gender Audit: Whim or Voice?’, Public Finance and Management 2 (2), 2002, pp.190-217.
  39. ‘Gender Biases in Finance’, Gender and Development 9 (1), pp. 9-17, 2001.
  40. ‘Chaos Theory and Institutional Economics: Metaphor or Model?’, Journal of Economic Issues (33) 1, March 1999.
  41. with Wilfred Dolfsma, ‘Khalil Versus Smith: Or Do Moral Sentiments Differ From Ordinary Tastes?’, De Economist (146) 4, December 1998, pp. 606-13.
  42. ‘Focus Groups: Contributing to a Gender-Aware Methodology’ in Feminist Economics, (3) 2 1997, pp.131-5.
  43. ‘The Move from Micro to Macro Level in Gender and Trade’, ICDA Journal (4) 1, 1996, pp. 17-21.
  44. ‘A Political Economy of Reproduction’, Development 3, 1994, pp. 20-23.
  1. With Joanna Tyrowicz and Lucas van der Velde, “Identifying Age Penalty in Women’s Wages: New Method and Evidence from Germany 1984-2014” IZA Discussion Paper No. 11295, January 2018.
  2. Has Populism Reached Economics? Two Criteria for Assessing Normative Empirical Concepts in Economics. Working Paper nr. 631, May 2017. The Hague: International Institute of Social Studies. ISNN 0921-0210. 34 pp..
  3. with Jane Kabubo Mariara, Civic Agency: an Invisible Health Determinant. ISD Working Paper 2015-2. The Hague: Institute of Social Studies. 32 pp.
  4. with Rens van Tilburg ‘Bankers Focus on Clients – But What Do Banks Do?’. Utrecht; Sustainable Finance Lab. June 2015. 49 pp. URL:
  5. with Rens van Tilburg ‘Bankier stelt klant centraal – nu de bank nog’. Utrecht; Sustainable Finance Lab. Februari 2015. 52 pp. URL:
  6. Project Report “Analysis of the Civil Society Context of Four Selected Countries”, for the Task Team Civil Society Organizations. The Hague: ISS/ISD. 23 February, 2015.
  7. with Anderson Macedo de Jesus, ‘Production and Use of Independent Media: Road to Government Accountability?’, ISD Working Paper 2014-01, ISS: The Hague. Indices of Social Development.
  8. with Zahid Pervaiz and A. R. Chaudhary, ‘Diversity, Inclusiveness and Social Cohesion’, ISD Working Paper 2013-1, ISS: The Hague. Indices of Social Development.
  9. with Rolph van der Hoeven, ‘Global Trends in Labour Market Inequalities, Exclusion, Insecurity and Civic Activism – Background Paper for the Democratic Governance Report by UNDP’, ISS, The Hague, November 2012.
  10. ‘The Lehman Sisters Hypothesis: an Exploration of Literature and Bankers’, ISS Working Paper no. 545, June 2012. The Hague: Institute of Social Studies.
  11. ‘Civil Society, Aid and Development: a Cross-Country Analysis’, IOB Study, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, The Hague, June 2012. 60 p.
  12. ‘To Measure is to Know? A Comparable Analysis of Gender Indices’, ISD Working Paper no. 2011-02. The Hague: Institute of Social Studies, 2011.
  13. with Arjan de Haan, Roberto Foa and Ellen Webbink, ‘The last mile in analysing well-being and poverty: Indices of Social Development’, ISD Working Paper no. 2011-03. The Hague: Institute of Social Studies, 2011.
  14. with Alma Espino, ‘Instruments for Gender Equality in Trade Agreements – European Union, Mercosur, Mexico’. Brussels: WIDE, 2002. Report.
  15. ‘A Conceptualisation of Social Capital in Economics: Commitment and Spill-Over Effects’, ISS Working Paper no. 324, 2000.
  16. ‘Robinson Crusoe and Silas Marner, or Two Stories on the Gendered Monetary Economy’. A Background Reader for Economic Literacy. Brussels: WIDE, 1998.
  17. ‘Reader on Gender and Macro Economic Development’. For the Ministry of Development Co-operation. Utrecht/Manchester: Oikos/ University of Manchester. 1995.

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