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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.

Maria da Conceição Tavares

Mauro Boianovsky


415 Sanpei, Koko (1956), The History of Working Women: History and Status Quo (in Japanese), Tokyo: Nihon Hyoron-shinsha. Taikakai, The Editorial Committee of the History of the Ministry of Home Affairs (1971), The History of the Ministry of Home Affairs (in Japanese), vol. 3, Tokyo: Taikakai. Maria da Conceição Tavares (b. 1931) Biographical sketch Maria da Conceição Tavares, a leading Brazilian economist, was born in Portugal in 1931. After getting a degree in mathematics at the University of Lisbon in 1953, Tavares immigrated to Rio de Janeiro in 1954 and became a Brazilian citizen in 1957. In the mid- and late 1950s she worked as a statistician at government institutions and was trained as an economist at the Universidade do Brasil (now the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ). The turning point in her professional life came in 1960–61, when she attended a postgraduate programme at the Economic Development Centre set up jointly by ECLA (United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America, known as CEPAL in Latin American countries) and BNDE (the Brazilian National Bank for Economic Development) in Rio. At ECLA, Tavares was heavily influenced by well-known Latin American structuralist economists such as Raul Prebisch, Celso Furtado and especially Aníbal Pinto. Tavares’s work has been very much in the tradition of ECLA’s structural–historical approach, without any traces of her mathematical background (see the interview with Tavares in Biderman, Cozac and Rego, 1996, pp. 133–4). In 1961 she was invited to join...

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