Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Topics of Expertise:
Family Caregiving (for Adults, Children, and Disabilities) / Work & Family
Nancy Folbre, Professor Emerita of Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, explores the interface between feminist theory and political economy, with a particular emphasis on care work and time use.
In addition to numerous articles published in academic journals, she is editor of For Love and Money. Care Provision in the U.S. (Russell Sage, 2012), and the author of Greed, Lust, and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas (Oxford, 2009), Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family (Harvard, 2009), Who Pays for the Kids?: Gender and the Structures of Constraint (Routledge, 1994) and co-editor, with Michael Bittman, of Family Time: The Social Organization of Care (Routledge, 2004). Books she has written for a wider audience include Saving State U (New Press, forthcoming) and The Field Guide to the U.S. Economy (with James Heintz and Jonathan Teller-Elsberg, New Press, 2006), and The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values (New Press, 2001). She is a past president of the International Association for Feminist Economics and associate editor of the journal Feminist Economics. Between 2009 and 2014, she was a weekly contributor to the New York Times Economix blog.