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Introduction to Feminist Economics and issues of Gender in the Economy

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The Cambridge Society for Economic Pluralism is very happy to present the first talk of its Lent Lecture Series: “NOT in the curriculum”, that will try to introduce students to economic issues not covered by Economics degrees.

The first one of these topics is Feminist Economics.

Feminist economics is the critical study of economics attempting to overcome androcentric (male and patriarchal) biases. It focuses on topics of particular relevance to women, such as care work or occupational segregation (exclusion of women and minorities from certain fields) and deficiencies of economic models, such as disregarding intra-household bargaining. Feminist economists call attention to the social constructions of traditional economics, questioning the extent to which it is positive and objective, and showing how its models and methods are biased towards masculine preferences.

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This Introductory lecture will be presented by Nancy Folbre, Professor of Economics at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. An internationally-renowned authority on this subject, she was President of the International Association for Feminist Economists in 2002, and is an associate editor of the journal Feminist Economics. She has published many books including “Greed, Lust, and Gender. A History of Economic Ideas” and “Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family”.

She also writes a regular economics column on the Economix Blog of the New York Times:

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