Economic Woman

Econometrics, gender, equity and more.

I’m off to the big leagues, and another request

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Turns out my calendar was incorrect, and my Feministe guest posts start  today. That means blogging over here will be light for the next two weeks, but I will throw up some teasers to lure you to Feministe. From the questions and suggestions that have been posted so far, I may be covering some familiar ground, but I’ll also dig up some more original material for you, loyal readers.

My next post will collect a few (hopefully witty) definitions of economics. If you leave a particularly clever one in comments, I’ll include it with attribution and secure your legacy in the feminist blogosphere.

Now, for something completely different: Instead of getting a head start on those posts, or any of the other half-dozen things I have due in the next two weeks, I spent the afternoon configuring an old laptop as a second monitor. Dual monitors are said to increase your productivity by 20 to 30 per cent, and while I’m sceptical about that precise number, it’s sure giving this laptop user more room to think. Perhaps now I’ll be able to post more frequently…

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Written by Allison

7 July 2008 at 12:24 am

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  1. Meant to comment on your last post but my original thought applies here too. On the first day of every economics class I teach, I ask students for their definitions of economics before giving them mine. My own definition is really basic: Economics is the study of choices. I go on to tell them, “And since life is a series of choices, economics is the study of life!” My point with the exercise is to get them to see that economics is a very broad, diverse field, much more so than people generally think from what they see in the media. For feminists in particular, I think it’s important for those with little knowledge of economics to understand that there is much more to the field than the neoclassical mainstream. It’s an understandable mistake, given the way things are portrayed in the media but personally, I really hate when I see any sentence that lumps all economists together when what the person really means is neoclassical economists (and usually the more traditional ones at that, ignoring that there are even many who consider themselves neoclassical but have a firmer grip on the reality of how people actually behave). Thanks for getting the word out!

    Jennifer

    7 July 2008 at 10:09 am


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