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A Biographical Dictionary of Women Economists

A Biographical Dictionary of Women Economists

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Edited by Robert W. Dimand, Mary Ann Dimand and Evelyn L. Forget

This major original reference work includes over one hundred specially commissioned articles on the lives and writings of women who made significant contributions to economics. It sheds new light on the rich, but too often neglected, heritage of women’s analysis of economic issues and participation in the discipline of economics. In addition to those who wrote in English, some notable Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Swedish women economists are included. This book will transform widely-held views about the past role of women in economics, and will stimulate further research in this exciting but underdeveloped field. It is dedicated to the memory of Michèle Pujol, a pioneer in the field.

Elizabeth Faulkner Baker

Chris Nyland and Mark Rix


(1885–1973) Brief overview of Baker’s life Elizabeth Faulkner Baker was born in Abilene, Kansas on 10 December 1885 and died in Seattle, Washington, on 30 January 1973. Baker received a bachelor of laws degree (major in English) from the University of California in 1917. She went on to receive a master’s degree in economics from Columbia University in 1919 and a doctorate in economics from the same university in 1925. In addition to her four main publications, which are briefly considered below, Baker had numerous articles and book reviews published in academic and professional journals, including the American Economic Review, Industrial and Labor Relations Review and Annals of the American Academy. Before undertaking graduate studies, Baker was Dean of Women and Instructor in Economics at Lewiston State Normal School in Idaho (1915–17) and subsequently Dean of Women at Ellensberg State Normal School in Washington State (1917–18). From Ellensberg she went on to Barnard College where she took up the position of Instructor in Economics, where she served from 1919 to 1926. She was promoted to Assistant Professor of Economics at Barnard College in 1926 and stayed in that position until 1939 when she was made Associate Professor of Economics. In 1948 Baker was appointed Professor of Economics at Barnard where she remained until her retirement in 1952, serving as Chair of the Department of Economics from 1940 through 1952. Elizabeth Baker also led an active life outside the walls of the academy. During World War II...

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