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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.

Joan Robinson

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Forget, Evelyn L. (1996), ‘Margaret Gilpin Reid: A Manitoba Home Economist Goes to Chicago’, Feminist Economics, 2(3), 1–16. Friedman, Milton (1957), A Theory of the Consumption Function, Princeton: University of Princeton Press. Modigliani, Franco (1985), Life Cycle, Individual Thrift and the Wealth of Nations, Stockholm: Nobel Foundation. Yi, Yun-Ae (1996), ‘Margaret G. Reid: Life and Achievements’, Feminist Economics, 2(3), 17– 36. Joan Robinson (1903–83) Joan Robinson was born in 1903 to a well-educated and high-achieving upper-middle-class family in Surrey. Her family combined a characteristic seriousness and forthrightness in the pursuit of truth with a well-established history of dissent. Her mother Helen Marsh was the daughter of Jane Perceval Marsh, a nurse and the founder of the Alexandra Hospital for Children with Hip Disease, and Frederick Howard Marsh, Professor of Surgery and Master of Downing College, Cambridge. Her paternal grandfather, F.D. Maurice, was involved in fundamental controversies over religious questions and had been the author of philosophical works, sermons and a novel. He was involved in one of the first efforts in 1848 to establish higher education for women in England. Her father was a military historian, a biographer and a journalist. He was also the victim of the (in)famous Maurice debate in Parliament in 1918 which ended his military career. He instigated this debate by accusing Prime Minister Lloyd George of deceiving the country about the strength of the British army in an unprecedented open letter to The Times. Her uncle Edward Marsh was a...

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