The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Feminist Economics

  • Julie A. Nelson
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Feminist economics is a field that includes both studies of gender roles in the economy from a liberatory perspective and critical work directed at biases in the economics discipline. It challenges economic analyses that treat women as invisible, or that serve to reinforce situations oppressive to women, and develops innovative research designed to overcome these failings. Feminist economics points out how subjective biases concerning acceptable topics and methods have compromised the reliability of economics research. Topics addressed include the economics of households, labour markets, care, development, the macroeconomy, national budgets, and the history, philosophy, methodology, and teaching of economics.


Sen, A American Economic Association Bargaining models Caring work Children Data quality Development Divorce Ecology Economic man Equal rights movement Feminist economics Fertility Gender Gender equity Gender roles Health care Household production Household labour Institutional economics International Association for Feminist Economics Innate differences Intrahousehold distribution Labour market discrimination Marriage Masculinist bias Methodology of economics Occupational segregation Opportunity cost method Post Keynesian economics Postmodernism Race Radical economics Replacement cost method Social economics Structural adjustment Subcontracting Trade liberalization Unpaid work Women’s economic status 

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