Despite being interconnected, feminist and gender economics are different. Gender
economics represents the application of neoclassical economics to economic issues related
to gender, following a neoclassical methodological approach à la Becker that was
developed in the New Home Economics. Feminist economics rejects neoclassical
economics and it Stands for a more pluralistic approach within the broad rubric of
economics. This makes feminist economics close to heterodox economics. This paper reveals the history of feminist and gender economics as well as their similarities and differences. It also suggests that amongst heterodox approaches to economics, Austrian economics mostly suits feminist economics: their convergences are focused on the role of cooperation within institutions as well as on the place creativity has in the market and women’s attitude to problem solving.
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