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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.

Fanny Ginor

Harald Hagemann


Fanny Ginor (b. 1911) Fanny Dulberg, born in Otynja, Galicia, was two years old when her family removed from the then Danube monarchy to Stuttgart where she received a classical education at a secondary school. From summer 1930 onwards she studied economics and civil law at the Universities of Frankfurt, Heidelberg and Munich where she wanted to gain her Ph.D. with Otto von ZwiedineckSüdenhorst after finishing her diploma exam. When a group of uniformed Nazis under the leadership of Rudolf Hess marched into the great hall during one of Adolf Weber’s lectures shortly after Hitler’s appointment to Chancellor, Ginor, who meanwhile had become the chairwoman of the Zionist students’ club, decided to continue her studies in Switzerland. There she was one of many émigré economists from Nazi Germany who did her Ph.D. with Edgar Salin at the University of Basel. Immediately after finishing her doctorial thesis on Der Imperialismus im Lichte seiner Theorien (Imperialism in the Light of its Theories) (1936) in summer 1934 Ginor emigrated to Palestine. At first Ginor, who was deeply rooted in German culture and literature, suffered from the ‘Crisis of Transition into another Cultural Civilization’ which she later presented impressively (1997). She became acquainted with Hebrew culture and literature only slowly, and earned her living as a farm worker, bank clerk and book-keeper in a small factory between 1934 and 1943. After that she was a close collaborator of David Horowitz and Eliezer Kaplan in the Economics Department of the Jewish Agency where she...

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