A Biographical Dictionary of Women Economists
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A Biographical Dictionary of Women Economists

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.
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Costanza Costantino

Magda Fontana


1. The author would like to thank Carolyn Shaw Bell, the Katharine Coman Professor of Economics, Wellesley College, for providing much of the archival material used in this article. Katharine Coman is of particular interest to me because she was born in Newark, Ohio, just eight miles east of Denison University. Bibliography Selected writings by Katharine Coman (1893/94), ‘Wages and prices in England, 1261–170l’, Journal of Political Economy, 2, December/September, 92–4. (1904), ‘The negro as a peasant farmer’, American Statistical Association, new series, 66, June, 39–54. (1905), Industrial History of the United States, New York: Macmillan. (1908), ‘The railroads as an advanced agent of prosperity’, Review of Reviews, 38, November, 591–2. (1911), ‘Some unsettled problems of irrigation’, American Economic Review, 1(1), March, 1– 19. (1911), ‘Government factories: an attempt to control competition in the fur trade’, Bulletin of the American Economic Association, fourth series, 1(2), April, 368–88. (1912), Economic Beginnings of the Far West, vols 1 and 2, New York: Macmillan and August M. Kelley, 1969. Other sources and references Baumol, William J. (1985), ‘On Method in US. Economics a century earlier’, American Economic Review, 75(6), December, 1–2. Halsey, Olga S. (1915), ‘Katharine Coman 1857–1915’, The Survey, 23 January, 450–51. Costanza Costantino (1913–92) The contribution of Costanza Costantino is most significant within the debate on the business cycle and on the national revenue in relation to the fluctuations of the economic trend which took place in Italy...

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