The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Balch, Emily Greene (1867–1961)

  • Robert W. Dimand
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The American economist, sociologist and pacifist Emily Greene Balch shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946 for the same anti-war activism for which she was not reappointed as a full professor of economics and sociology at Wellesley College in 1918. She was also notable as a defender of the economic, social and cultural benefits of ethnically diverse immigration, at a time when many economists wished to restrict immigration.


Academic freedom Economics in USA Immigration Pacifism Women in economics 

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  1. Randall, M.M. 1964. Improper Bostonian: Emily Greene Balch, Nobel peace laureate, 1946. New York: Twayne Publishers.Google Scholar

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  • Robert W. Dimand
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