Title

Women Economists 1890-1970

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

2003

Advisor

Louis Johnston, Economics

Abstract

At the turn of the 20th century, economics was becoming known as an academic area separate from political science and moral philosophy. My paper extends Kirsten Madden’s (2002) article, “Female Contributions to Economic Thought, 1900-1940,” by examining where and in what years, advanced degrees in economics were granted to women between 1890 and 1970. I also examine the distribution of topics these scholars studied. The main questions I address in my study are: Who were these early 20th century women economists? When and where did these women earn their degrees? Were certain years or institutions more amenable to women earning advanced degrees? What topics were women most likely to write about in their dissertations?

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