Nancy Folbre is professor emerita of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Her research focuses on the interface between feminist theory and political economy, with a particular focus on the work of caring for others. Her book “Saving State U” (New Press, 2010) makes a case for strengthening public support for higher education in the United States.

Other recent books include “Greed, Lust, and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas” (Oxford University Press, 2009) and “Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family” (Harvard University Press, 2008).

Professor Folbre is recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, and she has consulted for the United Nations Human Development Office, the World Bank and other organizations.

For more details see her Web site and her research blog, Care Talk.

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Prisoner of Love: Intersectional Political Economy

Video | Jun 2, 2021

Why do patriarchal systems survive? What is missing in how economics relates to the concepts of identity and power?

The Future of Work | The Work of Future: How Will Work Be Different?

moderated by Steve Clemons with Erik Brynjolfsson, Nancy Folbre and Kai-Fu Lee

Event Webinar | Oct 27, 2020

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Video | Jun 10, 2020

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Nancy Folbre’s Feminist, Unorthodox Economics

Article | Jan 4, 2018

The renowned feminist economist discusses the importance of heterodoxy, radicalism, and social justice to the discipline