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A Survey of Feminist Economics


  • Gillian Hewitson

    () (Department of Economics and Finance, La Trobe University)


The roots of the feminist economics which has come, the 1990s, to be widely recognized as in a distinct field of economics are to be found in theoretical developments in both neoclassical economics and in feminist theory from around the 1960s. The aims of this paper are to (1) delineate and discuss the four dominant approaches or schools of thought within feminist economics; (2) show how these schools of thought within feminist economics develop neoclassical economics in ways which enrich rather than undermine it, and (3) show how feminist economics can be distinguished from neoclassical economic analyses of women, such as research denoted as the new home economics undertaken by Chicago-trained economists. In short, the paper seeks to answer the questions What is feminist economics? and What difference does it make?

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  • Gillian Hewitson, 2001. "A Survey of Feminist Economics," Working Papers 2001.01, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
  • Handle: RePEc:ltr:wpaper:2001.01

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    Women; Communities; Economists; Schools EDIRC Provider-Institution: RePEc:edi:smlatau;

    JEL classification:

    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • B21 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Microeconomics
    • B49 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Other
    • D00 - Microeconomics - - General - - - General
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • Z00 - Other Special Topics - - General - - - General


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