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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.

Margaret Gilpin Reid

Evelyn L. Forget


357 Macnicol, John (1980), The Movement for Family Allowances, 1918–45: A Study in Social Policy Development, London: Heinemann. Stocks, Mary D. (1949), Eleanor Rathbone: A Biography, London: Gollancz. Margaret Gilpin Reid (1896–1991) In 1980, Margaret Reid became the first woman designated Distinguished Fellow by the American Economics Association, and was honoured as: [One] of the pioneers in several areas of research on consumer and household behavior, each of which has now burgeoned into a major field of study of its own. For example, she did some of the earliest work on the concept and measurement of permanent income. Again, she was one of the first to see that one could systematically study the economics of the household use of time. And, of course, she has been a major contributor to the statistical analysis of the demand for housing. The empirical tradition at the University of Chicago owes much to Margaret Reid’s example and teaching. She was a famous taskmaster in the art of applying critical thinking to data. Her reputation as a truly tireless researcher is well known and well deserved. Her warmth, her felicitous sense of humor are less widely known, but always cherished by those who worked with her. (American Economic Review, 1980) This was a fitting tribute to a remarkable woman. Margaret Reid was born in 1896 on a farm near Winnipeg, Canada. She trained as a schoolteacher and taught in rural schools until 1916, when she seized the opportunity to begin a five-year course...

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