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. 

Working Papers

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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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Fearing Fear: Gender and Economic Discourse (2013)

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

 

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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....

 

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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...

 

Articles

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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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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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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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Economic Writing on the Pressing Problems of the Day: The Roles of Moral Intuition and Methodological Confusion, La Revue de Philosophie Economique/Review of Economic Philosophy (2010)

Economists are often called on to help address pressing problems of the day, yet many...

 

Books

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Macroeconomics in Context (with Neva Goodwin and Jonathan Harris) (2008)

Education in macroeconomics should include critical issues such as macroeconomic stabilization, distributional equity, the quality...

 

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Microeconomics in Context (with Neva Goodwin, Frank Ackerman, and Tom Weisskopf) (2008)

Designed for one-semester use, this innovative, principles-level text takes a broad "contextual" approach to economics—including...

 

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Introducing Economics: A Critical Guide for Teaching (with Mark H. Maier) (2007)

This guide for high school teachers is designed to help instructors counter the narrowness (and,...

 

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Economics for Humans (2006)

Is it asking too much to demand that businesses be socially and environmentally responsible? When...

 

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Beyond Economic Man: Feminist Theory and Economics (with Marianne A. Ferber) (2003)

The 1993 publication of Marianne A. Ferber and Julie A. Nelson's Beyond Economic Man was...

 

Contributions to Books

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

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Gender, Metaphor, and American Economies, American Economies (2012)
 

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

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The Relational Economy, Ethical Principles and Economic Transformation - A Buddhist Approach (2011)
 

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Feminist Economics, The Human Economy: A Citizen’s Guide (2010)
 

Popular Press

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Really Radical Economics, Transformation (2013)
 

Other

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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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Rationality and Humanity: A View From Feminist Economics (2009)

DOES RATIONAL CHOICE THEORY (RCT) HAVE SOMETHING IMPORTANT to contribute to the humanities? Usually the...

 

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My Tenure war (2009)