Prof. Ann Jennings Has Book Review Published
March 22, 2002
March 22, 2002, Greencastle, Ind. - Ann L. Jennings, assistant professor of economics and management and women's studies at DePauw University, is the author of a book review that appears in the March 2002 Journal of Economic Issues. Appearing on page 234 of the Journal is Jennings' review of Market, State, and Feminism: The Economics of Feminist Policy by Graham Dawson and Sue Hatt, with Linda Watson-Brown, Arthur Baxter, and Nancy Bertaux.
Dr. Jennings writes, "The book is fairly solid as far as it goes, but, like traditional Keynesianism in macroeconomics, its goal is largely a defense of the efficacy of state intervention against the free marketeers. Pro-women policies, like more activist fiscal policies, have not unfavorably biased incentives; they are not the cause of crowded labor markets or lower wages; and outcomes are not best in countries with the least market intervention."
Later, she continues, "These limitations will restrict the usefulness of Market, State, and Feminism to scholars with radical leanings or interests in cutting-edge feminism. As a text for beginners, in either feminism or critiques of free market economics, however, a rather different and more favorable assessment is possible. Most of the book (except, perhaps, the final chapter) should be reasonably accessible to advanced undergraduates. In classrooms, it could provide a fairly liberal introduction to (some) serious feminist arguments without needing to first lay extensive groundwork in either heterodox economic thought or debates among feminists."
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