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Unequal Equilibrium: The Historical Foundations of Gender Inequality in Neoclassical Economics

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Amy McGourty

Abstract

Women are underrepresented in economics both professionally and in terms of content. This phenomenon has persisted throughout history and can, to a large extent, be traced back to the shift that took place within economics as an academic subject in the late nineteenth century under the influence of Alfred Marshall. This three-dimensional change, theoretical, methodological and institutional, crystallised professional economics in a way that excluded women. However, women have historically and currently responded to these barriers, either by pursuing careers in other academic disciplines or in other fields entirely.
How to Cite: McGourty, A., 2020. Unequal Equilibrium: The Historical Foundations of Gender Inequality in Neoclassical Economics. Knowles Review of Economic History, 1(1), pp.59–70.
Published on 25 Jun 2020.
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