Julie A. Nelson currently conducts research on feminism and economics, with special
interests in methodology and in implications for social and environmental policies. She
has served as a Research Economist at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an Assistant
and Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California-Davis, an Associate
Professor of Economics at Brandeis University, a Visiting Associate Professor at Harvard
University, a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard
Divinity School, and as the Visiting Sowell Professor of Economics at Bates College.
Nelson is the author or co-author of several books, and of articles in journals ranging
from Econometrica and the Journal of Political Economy, to Signs: Journal of Women in
Culture and Society and Ecological Economics. She is an Associate Editor of the journal
Feminist Economics. Professor Nelson is the author of Economics for Humans (2006) and
Feminism, Objectivity, and Economics (1996), and co-author of several other books and
textbooks. She has published many journal articles on topics which include the teaching
of economics and the empirical analysis of household spending. 

Most Recent Works (All Subjects)

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ARE WOMEN REALLY MORE RISK-AVERSE THAN MEN? A RE-ANALYSIS OF THE LITERATURE USING EXPANDED METHODS, Journal of Economic Surveys (2014)

While a substantial literature in economics and finance has concluded that ‘women are more risk...

 

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Fearing fear: gender and economic discourse, Mind & Society (2014)

Economic discourse—or the lack of it—about fear is gendered on at least three fronts. First,...

 

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The power of stereotyping and confirmation bias to overwhelm accurate assessment: the case of economics, gender, and risk aversion, Journal of Economic Methodology (2014)

Behavioral research has revealed how normal human cognitive processes can tend to lead us astray....

 

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Really Radical Economics, Transformation (2013)
 

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Not-So-Strong Evidence for Gender Differences in Risk (2013)

In their article "Strong Evidence for Gender Differences in Risk Taking," Gary Charness and Uri...

 

Gender

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ARE WOMEN REALLY MORE RISK-AVERSE THAN MEN? A RE-ANALYSIS OF THE LITERATURE USING EXPANDED METHODS, Journal of Economic Surveys (2014)

While a substantial literature in economics and finance has concluded that ‘women are more risk...

 

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Fearing fear: gender and economic discourse, Mind & Society (2014)

Economic discourse—or the lack of it—about fear is gendered on at least three fronts. First,...

 

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The power of stereotyping and confirmation bias to overwhelm accurate assessment: the case of economics, gender, and risk aversion, Journal of Economic Methodology (2014)

Behavioral research has revealed how normal human cognitive processes can tend to lead us astray....

 

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Are Women Really More Risk-Averse than Men? A Re-Analysis of the Literature Using Expanded Methods (2013)

While a substantial literature in economics and finance has concluded that “women are more risk...

 

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Would women leaders have prevented the global financial crisis? Teaching critical thinking by questioning a question, International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education (IJPEE) (2013)

Would having more women in leadership have prevented the financial crisis? This question, raised in...

 

Environment

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Really Radical Economics, Transformation (2013)
 

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Ethics and the Economist: What Climate Change Demands of Us, Ecological Economics (2013)

Climate change is changing not only our physical world, but also our intellectual, social, and...

 

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Is Dismissing the Precautionary Principle the Manly Thing to Do? Gender and the Economics of Climate Change (2012)

Many public debates about climate change now focus on the economic "costs" of taking action....

 

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Between a Rock and a Soft Place: Ecological and Feminist Economics in Policy Debates, Ecological economics (2009)

The field of ecological economics includes both economic analysis on the one hand, and discussions...

 

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Teaching Ecological and Feminist Economics in the Principles Course (with Neva Goodwin), Forum for Social Economics (2009)

It can be difficult to incorporate ecological and feminist concerns into introductory courses, when one...

 

Ethics

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Really Radical Economics, Transformation (2013)
 

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Ethics and the Economist: What Climate Change Demands of Us, Ecological Economics (2013)

Climate change is changing not only our physical world, but also our intellectual, social, and...

 

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Poisoning the Well, or How Economic Theory Damages (2012)

Contemporary mainstream economics has widely “poisoned the well” from which people get their ideas about...

 

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Care Ethics and Markets: A view from Feminist Economics, Applying Care Ethics to Business (2011)
 

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Does Profit-Seeking Rule Out Love? Evidence (or Not) from Economics and Law, Washington University Journal of Law & Policy (2011)

Many believe that firms are driven to maximize profits, and therefore are not allowed to...

 

Methodology

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ARE WOMEN REALLY MORE RISK-AVERSE THAN MEN? A RE-ANALYSIS OF THE LITERATURE USING EXPANDED METHODS, Journal of Economic Surveys (2014)

While a substantial literature in economics and finance has concluded that ‘women are more risk...

 

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The power of stereotyping and confirmation bias to overwhelm accurate assessment: the case of economics, gender, and risk aversion, Journal of Economic Methodology (2014)

Behavioral research has revealed how normal human cognitive processes can tend to lead us astray....

 

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Are Women Really More Risk-Averse than Men? A Re-Analysis of the Literature Using Expanded Methods (2013)

While a substantial literature in economics and finance has concluded that “women are more risk...

 

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Not-So-Strong Evidence for Gender Differences in Risk (2013)

In their article "Strong Evidence for Gender Differences in Risk Taking," Gary Charness and Uri...

 

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The Power of Stereotyping and Confirmation Bias to Overwhelm Accurate Assessment: The Case of Economics, Gender, and Risk Aversion (2013)

Behavioral research has revealed how normal human cognitive processes can tend to lead us astray....

 

Economics of Care

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Gender and Caring, Handbook Of Research On Gender And Economic Life (2013)
 

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For Love or Money: Current Issues in the Economics of Care, Journal of Gender Studies (2011)

The first part of this essay explores developments in this “care economy” in the United...

 

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Does Profit-Seeking Rule Out Love? Evidence (or Not) from Economics and Law, Washington University Journal of Law & Policy (2011)

Many believe that firms are driven to maximize profits, and therefore are not allowed to...

 

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The Economics of Nursing: Articulating Care (with Valerie Adams), Feminist Economics (2009)

Nurses in many industrialized countries are under pressure to prove that the care they provide...

 

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A Response to Bruni and Sugden, Economics and Philosophy (2009)

An article by Luigino Bruni and Robert Sugden published in this journal argues that market...

 

Teaching of Economics

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Proposed National Standards for Financial Literacy: What’s In? What’s Out? (with Mark H. Maier and Deborah M. Figart), Social Education (2014)

Financial education must go beyond focusing on the choices individuals face and examine the forces...

 

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Would women leaders have prevented the global financial crisis? Teaching critical thinking by questioning a question, International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education (IJPEE) (2013)

Would having more women in leadership have prevented the financial crisis? This question, raised in...

 

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Broader questions and a bigger toolbox: A problem-centered and student-centered approach to teaching pluralist economics (2011)

This essay discusses a "broader questions and bigger toolbox" approach to teaching pluralist economics. This...

 

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Teaching Ecological and Feminist Economics in the Principles Course (with Neva Goodwin), Forum for Social Economics (2009)

It can be difficult to incorporate ecological and feminist concerns into introductory courses, when one...

 

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The Principle Course, The Handbook of Pluralist Economics Education (2009)