Feminist Economics

Feminist economics is the critical study of economics including its methodology, epistemology, history and empirical research, attempting to overcome pervasive androcentric (male and patriarchal) biases. It focuses on topics of particular relevance to women, such as care work or occupational segregation (exclusion of women and minorities from certain fields); deficiencies of economic models, such as disregarding intra-household bargaining; new forms of data collection and measurement such as the Gender Empowerment Measure (GEM), and more gender-aware theories such as the capabilities approach. Feminist economics ultimately seeks to produce a more gender inclusive economics.

Feminist economists call attention to the social constructions of traditional economics, questioning the extent to which it is positive and objective, and showing how its models and methods are biased towards masculine preferences. Since economics is traditionally focused on topics said to be "culturally masculine" such as autonomy, abstraction and logic, feminist economists call for the inclusion of more feminine topics such as family behavior, connections, concreteness, and emotion, and show the problems caused by exclusion of those topics. Inclusion of such topics has helped create policies that have reduced gender, racial, and ethnic discrimination and inequity, satisfying normative goals central to all economics.

Many scholars including Ester Boserup, Marianne Ferber, Julie A. Nelson, Marilyn Waring and Nancy Folbre have contributed to feminist economics. By the 1990s it had become recognised as an established field within economics.

Read more about Feminist Economics:  Origins and History, Critiques of Traditional Economics, Organizations, Relation To Other Disciplines, Graduate Programs Offering Study in Feminist Economics

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Feminist Economists - Origins and History
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Graduate Programs Offering Study in Feminist Economics
... programs around the world offer courses and concentrations in feminist economics ... below, these offerings are in departments of economics.) American University School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University Colorado State University Institute of Social Studies Gender ...
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... Feminist Economics, edited by Diana Strassmann of Rice University and GĂĽnseli Berik of the University of Utah, is a peer-reviewed journal established to provide an ... The 2005 ISI Social Science Citation Index ranked the journal Feminist Economics 20th out of 175 among economics journals and 2nd out of 27 among Women's Studies journals ...
Julie Nelson (economist)
... Nelson is an American feminist economist and Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Boston, most known for her application of feminist theory to questions of the definition of the ... degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison ... Her work focuses on gender and economics, philosophy and methodology of economics, ecological economics, and quantitative methods ...

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