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GENDER AND ECONOMICS

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GENDER AND ECONOMICS

9781852788438 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Jane Humphries, Fellow of Newnham College, University of Cambridge, UK
Publication Date: March 1995 ISBN: 978 1 85278 843 8 Extent: 592 pp
This collection surveys the contributions which economists have made to our understanding of gender. The articles reflect both the strengths and weaknesses of mainstream economics in conceptualizing and explaining gender differences. They include selections from and commentaries on the classics which illustrate relevant aspects of the methodological development of economics; important treatments of the key issues such as female labour supply and male-female wage differences; recent feminist charges that economics is methodologically unsuited to the analysis of gender; and evidence on the historical significance of women’s work.

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This collection surveys the contributions which economists have made to our understanding of gender. The articles reflect both the strengths and weaknesses of mainstream economics in conceptualizing and explaining gender differences. They include selections from and commentaries on the classics which illustrate relevant aspects of the methodological development of economics; important treatments of the key issues such as female labour supply and male-female wage differences; recent feminist charges that economics is methodologically unsuited to the analysis of gender; and evidence on the historical significance of women’s work.
Critical Acclaim
‘Jane Humphries’ Gender and Economics is an impressive work. It should be a key reference for anyone working in the area.’
– Julie A. Nelson, University of California Davis, US

‘This book offers an extensive compilation of the methodological, conceptual, theoretical and empirical works in this area, and is therefore an essential reference source for students, researchers, and lecturers interested in the specific field of feminist economies or in gender studies generally. In particular, it will make a good background text for graduate or advanced graduate courses on gender and economics, as well as on the methodology of modern economics or the history of economic thought. In fact, anyone interested in more realistic and “inclusive” economics will benefit from reading this book.’
– Young-Sook, International Labour Review
Contributors
Contributors: D.J. Aigner, M. Barton, G.S. Becker, A. Beller, B.R. Bergmann, B. Burchell, G.C. Cain, M.E. Corcoron, C. Craig, P.N. Courant, F.Y. Edgeworth, P. England, J.F. Ermisch, M.A. Ferber, N. Folbre, E. Garnsey, M. Gunderson, H.I. Hartmann, S. Horrell, H.E. Joshi, R. Layard, S.G. Levin, H.M. Lowry, J. Mincer, J.A. Nelson, S.J. Owen, S. Polachek, R.H. Pollak, M. Pujol, J. Rubery, H. Sanborn, W.G. Shepherd, F.R. Woolley, R.E. Wright, A. Zabalza
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CONTENTS

PART I

GENDER AND METHODOLOGY

1. Frances R. Woolley (1993), ‘The Feminist Challenge to Neoclassical Economics’
2. Julie A .Nelson (1992), ‘Gender, Metaphor, and the Definition of Economics’
3. Paula England (1989), ‘A Feminist Critique of Rational-Choice Theories: Implications for Sociology’

PART II

GENDER AND THE HISTORY OF ECONOMICS

4. Michèle Pujol (1984), ‘Gender and Class in Marshall’s Principles of Economics’
5. Nancy Folbre (1991), ‘The Unproductive Housewife: Her Evolution in Nineteenth-Century Economic Thought’
6. F. Y. Edgeworth (1923), ‘Women’s Wages in Relation to Economic Welfare’

PART III

THE FAMILY, HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTION, AND MARKET WORK

A HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTION AND THE ALLOCATION OF TIME

7. Gary S. Becker (1965), ‘A Theory of the Allocation of Time’
8. Robert H. Pollak (1985), ‘A Transactions Cost Approach to Families and Households’
9. Gary S. Becker (1985), ‘Human Capital, Effort, and the Sexual Division of Labor’
10. Heidi I. Hartmann (1981), ‘The Family as the Locus of Gender, Class, and Political Struggle: The Example of Housework’

B GENDER AND LABOUR SUPPLY

11. Jacob Mincer (1962), ‘Labor Force Participation of Married Women: A Study of Labor Supply’
12. R. Layard, M. Barton and A. Zabalza (1980), ‘Married Women’s Participation and Hours’
13. Heather E. Joshi, Richard Layard and Susan J. Owen (1985), ‘Why are more Women Working in Britain?’

C GENDER DIFFERENCES IN OCCUPATIONS AND EARNINGS

14. Barbara R. Bergmann (1974), ‘Occupational Segregation, Wages and Profits when Employers Discriminate by Race or Sex’
15. Jacob Mincer and Solomon Polachek (1974), ‘Family Investments in Human Capital: Earnings of Women’
16. Andrea H. Beller (1982), ‘Occupational Segregation by Sex: Determinants and Changes’
17. Paula England (1982), ‘The Failure of Human Capital Theory to Explain Occupational Sex Segregation’
18. Gary S. Becker (1968), ‘Discrimination, Economic’
19. Henry Sanborn (1964), ‘Pay Differences between Men and Women’
20. William G. Shepherd and Sharon G. Levin (1973), ‘Managerial Discrimination in Large Firms’
21. Dennis J. Aigner and Glen G. Cain (1977), ‘Statistical Theories of Discrimination in Labor Markets’
22. Marianne A. Ferber and Helen M. Lowry (1976), ‘The Sex Differential in Earnings: A Reappraisal’
23. Morley Gunderson (1989), ‘Male-Female Wage Differentials and Policy Responses’
24. Robert E. Wright and John F. Ermisch (1991), ‘Gender Discrimination in the British Labor Market: A Reassessment’
25. Christine Craig, Elizabeth Garnsey and Jill Rubery (1985), ‘Labor Market Segmentation and Women’s Employment: A Case-Study from the United Kingdom’
26. Mary E. Corcoran and Paul N. Courant (1987), ‘Sex-Role Socialization and Occupational Segregation: An Exploratory Investigation’
27. Sara Horrell, Jill Rubery and Brendan Burchell (1990), ‘Gender and Skills’

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