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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Elizabeth Boody Schumpeter

Richard A. Lobdell


Elizabeth Boody Schumpeter (1898–1953) Romaine Elizabeth Boody was born on 16 August 1898 to Hulda Hokansen Boody and Maurice Boody in Lawrence, Massachusetts, where she lived with her family until the autumn of 1916 when she was admitted to Radcliffe College. There she majored in economics, pursuing a special interest in labour problems. In the spring of 1920, she was awarded the College’s first summa cum laude AB degree in economics. After a short period working as an assistant labour manager for a clothing firm in Rochester, New York, Elizabeth Boody returned to Radcliffe for graduate studies in economics. It was a time when academic economists were increasingly interested in quantitative data and statistical techniques. Accordingly, her graduate training included courses in statistics as well as economics. Having completed her MA, Elizabeth joined the Harvard University Committee on Economic Research, where she was particularly interested in the statistical analysis of time series data and their use in forecasting business cycles. She became the first woman to serve as a contributing editor of the Review of Economic Statistics, in which she published her first scholarly article (Boody, 1924). Thereafter, she resumed doctoral studies at Radcliffe, and spent 1926 and 1927 collecting English trade statistics for her thesis in London, where she was strongly influenced by Harold Laski and others at the London School of Economics. Work on her thesis was delayed after her return to Boston on three accounts: her appointment as Assistant Professor of Economics at Radcliffe; her...

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