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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Marie Dessauer

Hans-Michael Trautwein


Lewis, W. David (1971), ‘Davis, Katherine Bement’, in Edward T. James (ed.), Notable American Women 1607–1950: Biographical Dictionary, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, pp. 439–41. New York Times (1922), ‘Twelve greatest women’, 25 June. New York Times (1935), ‘Obituary’, 11 December. Rafter, Nicole Hahn (1990), Partial Justice: Women, Prisons, and Social Control, second edition, New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers. Reed, Amy (1936), ‘Katharine Bement Davis’, Vassar Alumnae Magazine, February. Tarbell, Ida M. (1912), ‘Good will to woman’, The American Magazine, 75, December, 45–53. Marie Dessauer (b. 1901) Little is known about the life of Marie Dessauer, apart from the following facts. She was born on 28 April 1901 in Bamberg, Germany. In the 1920s and early 1930s she worked for the Chamber of Commerce in Frankfurt am Main. In 1929 she spent a few months at the London School of Economics. Four years later she received her doctoral degree from the University of Frankfurt, where Eugen Altschul was her Ph.D. supervisor. The title of her thesis was The Big Five. On the Characteristics of English Deposit Banks (1933). In 1934 Dessauer emigrated to the United Kingdom; her surname suggests Jewish ancestry, so the Nazis may have made life difficult for her in Germany. During her first years in emigration she visited the seminars of Friedrich August Hayek and Lionel Robbins at the London School of Economics. From July 1937 onwards Dessauer worked as a research assistant for Hayek and Theodore Gregory, who held the chair of Banking...

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