Sunday, July 22, 2007

Ten Principles of Feminist Economics

I've previously referenced expositions of principles of institutional economics and principles of heterodox economics. Geoff Schneider and Jean Shackelford have put forth some principles of feminist economics, also. Since in keeping with an antireductionist view the first principle is that there is no such thing as a definitive list of principles, I will not reproduce the list here.


YouNotSneaky! said...

But we all probably agree with the first. At least if we're honest with ourselves. The usual trick - and I may be as guilty of it as everyone else - is to say "there's no definitive list" or "it all depends" or "some of the my best friends are heterodox economists" - but then we all go on to list the other nine principles which pretty much pin us down.

Do more numerical examples! Go back to the more analytical stuff! Your blog used to make this mainstream economist feel really outta-wack which is probably the kind of effect you'd want to achieve (I'm just assuming) but ever since the heterodoxy wars got popularized it's been more about kicking the straw men and making sure someone somewhere is on the right side of the some barricade.

More Sraffa! Less ... whatever.

YouNotSneaky! said...

To follow up:

Suppose I'm a brainwashed neoclassical economists who is somewhat open to what some folks may call "heterodox" ideas. And so it happens that my area of study is the effect of Mexican immigration on the labor market outcomes of both natives and the migrants (how much some groups loose, how much some group gains). Within the neoclassical framework these kind question can at least be given an answer.

What is the alternative? How else should I approach these question?

Robert Vienneau said...

Shouldn't there be a "please" in there? For some reason, I have been slow in writing up the next numerical example I have in the queue. You will also see more notes for my research on Austrian Business Cycle theory.

Part of the point of a paradigm is what questions get asked. Using the metaphor of the "labor market" has already begged many questions.

I am no expert on feminist economics. I would think a feminist economist, though, would focus on how immigration impacts different members of households in both, say, Mexico and the U.S. As I understand it, within feminist economics one will find both detailed empirical and statistical work and a postmodern strain.

But if one really wanted to know, I suggest one would do a search of, say, the journal Feminist Economics, put out by the International Association for Feminist Economics. (I don't immediately understand why some of those articles were included in the search results.)

YouNotSneaky! said...

Please. And thanks.