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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.

Minnie Throop England

Robert W. Dimand


(1875–1941)1 Minnie Throop England presented her analysis of entrepreneurial promotion of new enterprises as the cause of crises and the business cycle in four major articles in the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Journal of Political Economy from 1912 to 1915, and in earlier monographs in the University of Nebraska University Studies. Unusually for a woman economist of her time, she taught at a state university and worked on monetary and business cycle theory rather than on stereotypical ‘women’s issues’. Her work attracted favourable notice from Irving Fisher, Wesley Mitchell and Joseph Schumpeter, but her promising career was cut short following political upheavals at the University of Nebraska during World War I. Minnie Throop England, a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, and married a classmate, who became a farmer. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and taught economics there as an assistant professor from 1906 until 1921. Her dissertation, ‘Church Government and Church Control’, was never published, and was unrelated to her later scholarship. At the University of Nebraska, she studied with the economist W.G. Langworthy Taylor, whose opinion of her work was presumably responsible for her hiring, for her publication in University Studies while she was still a student, and for a term she spent studying at the University of Chicago, with whose economics faculty Taylor had connections. Her 1907 University Studies essay on the influence of credit on the price level was reviewed the...

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