Why all economists should be feminist economists

Date Posted: Friday 12th February 2021

UK Women’s Budget Group Management Committee member Susan Himmelweit authors this chapter in ‘Rethinking Economics:An Introduction to Pluralist Economics

In this chapter, the key features of feminist economics are expertly laid out, explaining why feminist economics is not ‘economics for women’ but stemming from the recognition that ‘mainstream’ economics is incomplete, and needs to take gender relations into account in order to be better. 

Contributions to feminist economics recognise that people relate to each other in a number of ways outside of markets, Susan Himmelweit’s chapter discusses five main features of feminist economics, comparing and contrasting them with broadly accepted features of ‘mainstream’ economics. 

This chapter was first published in ‘Rethinking Economics:An Introduction to Pluralist Economics‘ published by Routledge in 2017.

Full chapter available here.