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6 December 2021

Gendered economic inequalities: a social policy perspective

This commentary addresses gender inequalities from a social policy perspective. Social policy has key concerns – ‘human need, social justice, and individual and collective well-being … [It is] the academic study, prescription and practice of ways in which governments can best distribute and redistribute resources to provide and deliver welfare facilities, services and opportunities’.

Social policy has fuzzy boundaries; many types of policy have social impacts and social policy is interdisciplinary in nature. But the clue is in the name – social policy places emphasis on the role of policies, and forensically examines the aims, functions, implementation and consequences (intended and unintended) of policies affecting individual and social well-being.

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Bennett, F. (2021), ‘Gendered economic inequalities: a social policy perspective’, IFS Deaton Review of Inequalities,