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Feminist Economics: From Theory to Research


  • Martha MacDonald


This paper examines the implications for empirical research of recent theoretical work by feminist economists. Insights from the feminist literature on methodology are applied to economics. The empirical challenges raised by three central areas of interest to feminist economists are discussed. These are the measurement/valuation of women's unpaid work, intrahousehold distribution of income and resources, and gendered processes in the paid labor market. It is argued that new data and methods are needed to address feminist concerns in economics.

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  • Martha MacDonald, 1995. "Feminist Economics: From Theory to Research," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 28(1), pages 159-176, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:28:y:1995:i:1:p:159-76

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    1. Sedo, Stanley A. & Kossoudji, Sherrie, 2004. "Rooms of One’s Own: Gender, Race and Home Ownership as Wealth Accumulation in the United States," IZA Discussion Papers 1397, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Gillian Hewitson, 2001. "A Survey of Feminist Economics," Working Papers 2001.01, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
    3. Perkins, Ellie, 1997. "Women, ecology and economics: New models and theories," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 20(2), pages 105-106, February.

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