Towards a Feminist Economics of Welfare

  • Frances Woolley London School of Economics
Keywords: Feminist economics, Welfare economics, Neoclassical welfare


This paper discusses two fundamental methodological differences between feminist economics and neoclassical welfare economics.First, the notion of preference change is central to feminist economics, but on the margins of neoclassical welfare economics. Second, the identification of choice with well-being, which is the basis for much of neoclassical welfare analysis is deeply problematic for many feminists. Finally, the paper discusses ways in which feminist economists can go about evaluating economic policies.