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The Economic Emergence of Women: Bergmann's Six Commitments

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I suggest in this essay that Barbara Bergmann's approach to the economics of women is characterized by six striking dimensions, or what I call 'commitments', namely: (1) a willingness to incorporate values into her analysis openly; (2) a commitment to applied economics - economic analysis that supports policy change that will improve women's and children's lives; (3) a commitment to empirical economics, i.e. to data collection and data-based analysis; (4) a commitment to communication with the public; (5) a commitment to the truth even if it challenges convenient orthodoxy; (6) a commitment to focus on how change can occur - to be positive not defeatist. A review of these six commitments, I demonstrate, reveals that they are held together by the first one, her willingness to incorporate values into her scholarly work openly.

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  • Heidi Hartmann, 1998. "The Economic Emergence of Women: Bergmann's Six Commitments," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 4(3), pages 169-180.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:4:y:1998:i:3:p:169-180
    DOI: 10.1080/135457098338374
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    1. Geoff Schneider & Jean Shackelford, 2001. "Economics Standards and Lists: Proposed Antidotes for Feminist Economists," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(2), pages 77-89.

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