Epistemology of Feminist Economics

  • Zofia Łapniewska


Feminist economics broadly refers to the application of a feminist lens to both the discipline and subject of economics. It is explicitly interdisciplinary, and encompasses debates about the narrow range of mainstream economic methods and researched areas, to questioning how economics values the reproductive sector, to examinations of economic epistemology and methodology. This chapter provides a brief overview of how feminist economics critiques established theory, methodology and policy approaches and how it aims to produce gender-aware theory, especially in defining economic activity. It argues for a reality check on how people actually live their lives as relational, vulnerable and interdependent beings and the urgency of rethinking of mainstream economic approaches.



I would like to express sincere gratitude to Sara Cantillon for encouraging me to write this chapter, for drafting its initial structure and for discussing it at various stages. I am also grateful to Kirstin Mertlitsch for her continuous philosophical inspiration and feedback, and Stefan Łapniewski for his linguistic support.


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  1. 1.Institute of Economics, Finance and ManagementJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland

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