Feminist Economics

How do gender differences determine social outcomes?

Feminist Economics gives an introduction and overview of major areas of work in the field of feminist economics. Feminist Economics arose in the 1970s in response to the inability of neoclassical economics to adequately understand or explain gender inequality which in turn has important economic outcomes. Feminist economics, located within the tradition of political economy, makes a number of important departures from neoclassical economics in terms of areas of focus, tools of analysis, methodology and methods. Feminist economics started from challenging the androcentric assumptions behind neoclassical economics and has moved into gender analysis in areas that were previously excluded from accepted knowledge. Feminist economics has expanded the field of vision within economics to now include unpaid work, cooperation, care and conflict in relationships that all influence how our economy functions, distribution and well-being.