Joan Robinson is Rolling in Her Grave

And not just because of the marginalization of Post-Keynesian economics or the current economic crisis.

I expect that Patron Saint Joan Robinson would be disappointed to know that young women studying at the University of Cambridge do not know about her. The top right image, of two self-satisfied looking woman proclaiming that they need feminism because, “There are still no famous female economists!”

Oh, girl. Sure, we created this blog with somewhat similar sentiments in mind. As Dorothy recently wrote, women make up a minority in the field, and for better or worse, tend to be concentrated in specific sub-fields that may not make them “famous” (or  “rich”). So I was ready to give these young feminists a pass until I realized that they were students at the University of Cambridge, where Joan Robinson reigned supreme. (Criticism aside, I love this project. Check out more images here.)

As this online biography wrote: “One of the most prominent economists of the century, Joan Robinson incarnated the ‘Cambridge School’ in most of its guises in the 20th century: as a cutting-edge Marshallian before and after 1936; as one of the earliest and most ardent Keynesians and finally as one of the leaders of the Neo-Ricardian and Post Keynesian schools. Robinson’s contributions to economics are far too numerous to elucidate fairly. Unlike most economists, she was not a ‘one idea’ person, but rather made many many fundamental contributions to very different areas of economics.” In short, she was FAMOUS.

At the University of Cambridge, she published numerous books and articles, founded whole branches in modern day economics, worked with famous male economist John Maynard Keynes, and also taught students who grew up to be famous male economists, such as Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz. I am comforted by the fact that none of the major world religions teach that there is access to Tumblr after death.


Categories: Angry Feminists, Economisses, State of the Field

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