Women and Children

  • Jane Humphries
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


Feminist historians have long complained that women and children have been written out of mainstream history. Similar concerns on the absence of women are now being expressed by economists. This chapter introduces some of the recent economic history literature that addresses this gap. Key aspects discussed include workplaces and wages of children and women, and their roles in the context of economic development.

JEL Classification

J13 J16 N30 

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  • Jane Humphries
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  1. 1.University of OxfordOxfordUK

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