Margarita Estévez-Abe, associate professor of government at Harvard University, engages in comparative studies of advanced industrial countries. She is particularly interested in how political and economic institutions are constructed differently across countries and in their varying effects on politics and ordinary people’s lives. Her first book, Welfare and Capitalism in Postwar Japan (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), explores the role that welfare programs played in Japan’s postwar economy and the political process that shaped them.
Estévez-Abe’s current work focuses on the effects of public policy and economic institutions on women. Are some labor markets more successful in integrating women than others? Are some public policies more effective than others in promoting gender equality? Are different types of gender equality always mutually compatible? These are the questions she hopes to answer during her year as a Radcliffe fellow. She will be conducting selected case studies from Europe, Japan, and the United States, as well as statistical analysis of firm-level and individual-level data. The goal is to complete a book manuscript.
Estévez-Abe grew up in Japan and Spain. She did her undergraduate work at Keio University in Japan and earned her PhD in political science from the Government Department at Harvard University. She taught at the University of Minnesota before coming back to Harvard in 2001. She regularly contributes articles to the Japanese media.