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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Maria Negreponti-Delivani

Michalis Psalidopoulos


(b. 1933) Maria Negreponti-Delivani was born on 9 June 1933 in Thessaloniki. After completing her primary education, she entered the School for Law and Economic Services of the University of Thessaloniki. She distinguished herself as a student and after four years of study took her first degree in economics (‘ptichion’) with distinction. After her graduation she went with a scholarship from the French government to the University of Paris–Sorbonne, where, in 1959, she obtained a state Ph.D. (Doctorat d’Etat) in economics. During her postgraduate studies she spent a year at the London School of Economics preparing her thesis. Shortly before her return to Greece she became engaged and later married her Greek mentor, Professor Demetrios Delivanis (1909–97), with whom she shared a happy life. In 1965 she gave birth to their only child, a daughter, who later became an economist too. After returning to Thessaloniki, Negreponti-Delivani started preparing a research monograph (‘ifigessia’) that would enable her to seek an academic career. Her marriage to a prominent academic might have given rise to the expectation that she would have an easy time; in reality, however, she had to struggle very hard to overcome the reservations of an all-male conservative electoral body, that finally approved her ‘ifigessia’ in 1961. She started teaching at the University of Thessaloniki and at the Graduate School for Industrial Studies in Thessaloniki (later the University of Macedonia). In 1970 she was elected Full Professor there, a post that she holds to this day....

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