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Dr Jerome De Henau

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Economics
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Polis, Phil, Econ, Dev, Geog
  • Economics

Professional biography

Socio-Economist, with research interests in economics of gender, labour and household economics, fiscal and social policy.

Research interests

Recently PI in a project for the Women's Budget Group, funded by ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation) on Investing in the Care Economy. Also involved in a project co-funded by FEPS (Foundation for European Progressive Studies) on Beyond austerity, towards employment: a gender aware framewqork.

Previous research projects include Gender and intra-household entitlements. A cross-national longitudinal analysis (GenIX); Within-Household Inequalities and Public Policy (WHIPP) as part of the Gender Equality Network (GENet) funded by the ESRC (2006-2010); investigating parenthood and employment in Europe (project Pepsi, funded by the Belgian Federal government 2006-2008); fertility in Europe and the influence of employment conditions and Public Policies (project MOCHO, funded by the European Commission 2001-2004); long term care organisation in Belgium (2002-2003); Gender inequality in Academia (2001-2003).

De Henau, Jerome (2016) ‘Costing a Feminist Plan for a Caring Economy: The Case of Free Universal Childcare in the UK’ in Bargawi, H, Cozzi, G and Himmelweit, S. (eds) Lives after Austerity: gendered impacts and sustainable alternatives for Europe, London: Routledge

De Henau, Jérôme and Susan Himmelweit (2013). "Unpacking intrahousehold gender differences in partners' subjective benefits from household income", Journal of Marriage and Family, Special Issue on "Researching within-household distribution", 75(3), pp. 611–624

De Henau, Jérôme and Susan Himmelweit (2013). "Comparing welfare regimes by their effects on intra-household inequalities", proceedings of the 9th annual ESPAnet Conference "Sustainability and transformation in European Social Policy". New York: Peter Lang, pp. 117-146.

Bennett, Fran, Jérôme De Henau, Susan Himmelweit and Sirin Sung (2012). "Financial autonomy and togetherness within couples", in Scott, J. S. Dex and A. C. Plagnol (eds.). Gendered Lives: Gender Inequalities in Production and Reproduction. New York: Edward Elgar

De Henau, Jérôme, Susan Himmelweit and Cristina Santos (2010). "Gender equality and taxation. A UK case study", in Grown, C. And I. Valodia (Eds.) Taxation and gender equity. A comparative analysis of direct and indirect taxes in developing and developed countries, New York: Routledge, pp 261-98

Bennett, Fran, Jérôme De Henau and Sirin Sung (2010), "Within household inequalities across classes? Money management and income", in Scott, J., R. Crompton and C. Lyonette (eds), Gender Inequalities in the 21st Century:  New barriers and continuing constraints, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

De Henau, Jérôme, Danièle Meulders and Síle O'Dorchai (2010). "Maybe Baby: Comparing Mothers' Employment and Child Policies in the EU-15", Feminist Economics, Vol. 16(1), pp 43-77.

A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Teaching interests

Chair of the presentation of the module You and your money: personal finance in context (DB123) and member of the module teams for Personal investment in an uncertain world (DB234) and Running the economy (DD209).

Impact and engagement

Member of the Management Committee and the Policy Advisory Group of the Women's Budget Group, an independent think tank of 200 academics, activists and campaigners whose aim is to analyse gender impacts of economic, fiscal and social policy in the UK and promote gender equality. Topical policy briefings as well as in-depth gender analysis of government budgets and spending announcements are available on the Group's website.

Member of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE)

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