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Distinguished women economists
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Cicarelli, James.
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2003]

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xxvi, 244 pages ; 27 cm
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Covers biographies from the 18th century to the present.
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English
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9780313303319
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Women are vital members of the economics profession, yet they have traditionally received scant recognition for their work. This volume provides information on 51 remarkable women in the profession. They come from all areas of economics-academia, the business world, public policy-and include those who are currently active as well as 19th-century pioneers in the field. Entries cover biographical information, as well as the subjects' work, providing a unique guide to the many and varied contributions these women have made to economics.

Joan Robinson was one of the most significant economists of the 20th century. Juanita Morris Kreps was Secretary of Commerce under Jimmy Carter. And forecasting guru Abbey Joseph Cohen appears regularly on PBS, CNN, and CNBC. Women are vital members of the economics profession, yet they have traditionally received scant recognition for their work. This volume provides information on 51 remarkable women in the profession. They come from all areas of economics-academia, the business world, public policy-and include those who are currently active as well as 19th-century pioneers in the field. Entries cover biographical information, as well as the subjects' work, providing a unique guide to the many and varied contributions these women have made to economics.

Seeking to provide balanced coverage, this book covers accomplished and emerging economists, living and deceased individuals, and women from all philosophical perspectives and economic areas. Some have worked in several areas. Kathleen Bell Cooper, for instance, was Chief Economist at Exxon Corporation and is now Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, while Marina Whitman, now with the University of Michigan Business School, was a senior executive with General Motors and the first woman appointed to the President's Council of Economic Advisors. Others have spent their career in academia. All have been prolific writers, as their entries document, and all made their mark on economics. This book is a testament to their achievements.


Author Notes

JAMES CICARELLI is Professor of Economics at Roosevelt University. He is the author of four books and of articles published in numerous journals such as The American Journal of Economics and Sociology , Technological Forecasting , The New Republic , and The Chicago Tribune . He is a regular contributor to The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives .

JULIANNE CICARELLI teaches at the Huntington Learning Center in Arlington Heights, IL. Her essays have appeared in a number of books, including Biographical Directory of Council of Economics Advisers (1988) and Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences (1989). She contributes regularly to The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives .


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Booklist Review

The 51 entries in this biographical dictionary represent women who have advanced the field of economics through breakthroughs in theory, dissemination of knowledge, and application of economic reasoning. Although not every one of the women presented here is a trailblazer, each one "has made a difference in the scope, depth, or use of economics." The women who are covered range fromane Haldimand Marcet (1769-1858), who wrote popular books on economics for young people, to Caroline M. Hoxby (1966-), an expert on the economics of education. Each entry provides a short introduction, a biographical sketch, a summary of contributions, and a selected bibliography. The introductions are designed to tag the subject and distinguish her from the other entries. For example, the introduction to Harriet Hardy Taylor Mill (1807-1858) indicates that she was a "free thinker and a creative intellectual" who was unable to "escape the prejudices of her era." Although her husband, economistohn Stuart Mill, acknowledged their intellectual partnership, history largely forgot the considerable contributions she made to his famous nineteenth-century works. Principles of Political Economy 0 and On Liberty0 , 0 both traditionally attributed solely to. S. Mill, were written to a significant degree by Harriet Mill, and this is clearly stated in. S. Mill's Autobiography.0 Quoting directly from Autobiography,0 Distinguished Women Economists0 nicely integrates primary source material within the information it presents. Bibliographies generally contain a dozen or so book and journal citations, some as recent as 2002. Following the entries is a list of individuals arranged by date of birth. With any one-volume biographical encyclopedia, one has to consider whether the cost may be justified in light of how easy it is to simply enter a name on a standard Internet search engine. On the other hand, Distinguished Women Economists0 pulls information on 51 women into one easily accessible book, and the reader can be sure of academic credibility. 0 It is probably worth its price for any large public or academic library supporting programs in either women's studies or economics. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist


Choice Review

James Cicarelli (economist, Roosevelt Univ.) and Julianne Cicarelli (Huntington Learning Center) provide biographies of 51 women who have made significant advances in and contributions to the field of economics. Entries are arranged alphabetically, and an appendix lists the subjects chronologically by birth date. Each entry contains an introduction that highlights the individual's uniqueness in relationship to the other biographees, a biographical sketch, a summary of contributions, and a selective bibliography of works by and about the individual. An interesting, well-written introduction details the selection process and how the process differed from earlier works on women economists, describes the field of economics and its subfields, and places the biographees within that structure and within the history of economics. The authors also analyze the commonalities and differences of these remarkable women. The inclusion of portraits to accompany the biographies would have enhanced the volume. Attractively printed on permanent paper. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Public and academic library collections, lower-division undergraduate through faculty. J. E. Peelle Kenyon College


Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Edith Abbott (1876-1957)p. 1
Irma Glicman Adelman (1930-)p. 6
Bibliographyp. 10
Shirley Almon (1935-1975)p. 11
Bibliographyp. 14
Elizabeth Ellery Bailey (1938-)p. 15
Bibliographyp. 19
Carolyn Shaw Bell (1920-)p. 20
Barbara Rose Bergmann (1927-)p. 26
Rebecca M. Blank (1955-)p. 31
Francine D. Blau (1946-)p. 36
Mary Jean Bowman (1908-2002)p. 41
Abby Joseph Cohen (1952-)p. 46
Katharine Coman (1857-1915)p. 50
Kathleen Bell Cooper (1945-)p. 54
M Kathryn Eickhoff (1939-)p. 57
Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847-1929)p. 62
Marianne A. Ferber (1923-)p. 67
Bibliographyp. 70
Nancy Folbre (1952-)p. 71
Bibliographyp. 75
Ann Fetter Friedlaender (1938-1992)p. 76
Selma F. Goldsmith (1912-1962)p. 80
Heidi I. Hartmann (1945-)p. 84
Ann Horowitz (1936-)p. 88
Bibliographyp. 91
Caroline M. Hoxby (1966-)p. 92
Juanita M. Kreps (1921-)p. 97
Hazel Kyrk (1886-1957)p. 101
Bibliographyp. 104
Rosa Luxemburg (1870-1919)p. 105
Bibliographyp. 108
Jane Haldimand Marcet (1769-1858)p. 109
Mary Paley Marshall (1850-1944)p. 113
Harriet Martineau (1802-1876)p. 118
Deirdre N. Mccloskey (1942-)p. 122
Jean Trepp Mckelvey (1908-1998)p. 126
Bibliographyp. 131
Harriet Hardy Taylor Mill (1807-1858)p. 132
Selma J. Mushkin (1913-1979)p. 136
Margaret Gilpin Reid (1896-1991)p. 140
Bibliographyp. 143
Jennifer F. Reinganum (1955-)p. 144
Ingrid H. Rima (1925-)p. 149
Alice M. Rivlin (1931-)p. 155
Joan Robinson (1903-1983)p. 160
Isabel V. Sawhill (1937-)p. 165
Anna J. Schwartz (1915-)p. 170
Nancy L. Schwartz (1939-1981)p. 174
Frances Julia Stewart (1940-)p. 178
Bibliographyp. 181
Diane C. Swonk (1962-)p. 182
Nancy Hays Teeters (1930-)p. 187
Bibliographyp. 191
Mabel F. Timlin (1891-1976)p. 192
Marjorie S. Turner (1921-)p. 198
Laura D'Andrea Tyson (1947-)p. 202
Phyllis Ann Wallace (C. 1924-1993)p. 206
Barbara M. Ward (1914-1981)p. 210
Beatrice Potter Webb (1858-1943)p. 216
Bibliographyp. 219
Marina Von Neumann Whitman (1935-)p. 220
Ann Dryden Witte (1942-)p. 226
Bibliographyp. 229
Theresa Wolfson (1897-1972)p. 230
Appendix: Biographees by Birth Yearp. 235
Indexp. 237
About the Authorsp. 245