Ferber, Marianne A.


Years in the Department: 


Research Interest: 

Economics Status of Woman, Comparative System


Marianne received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1954. She joined the Department of Economics in 1956, originally as a Lecturer. She became a Full Professor in 1979, and retired in 1993. Marianne's research focused on women in the labor market. She published papers in a wide variety of books and journals, including the American Economic Review and the Journal of Human Resources. Her textbook entitled The Economics of Women, Men, and Work (with Francine Blau and Anne Winkler) is entering its seventh edition. Marianne Ferber was a long-time participant and supporter of the Program for Women and Gender in Global Perspectives at the University. She was also Director of Women's Studies twice (1980-83, 1991-93).

Dr. Ferber was born on January 30, 1923 in Czechoslovakia and was deceased on May 11, 2013.


University of Chicago, 1954


  • Blau, Francine D, and Marianne A. Ferber. The Economics of Women, Men, and Work. Englewood Cliffs, N.J: Prentice-Hall, 1986. Print.
  • Ferber, Marianne A, and Julie A. Nelson. Beyond Economic Man: Feminist Theory and Economics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993. Print.
  • Ferber, Marianne A. Women and Work, Paid and Unpaid: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1987. Print.
  • Ferber, Marianne A, and Julie A. Nelson. Feminist Economics Today: Beyond Economic Man. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. Print.
  • Ferber, Marianne A, Brigid O'Farrell, and LaRue Allen. Work and Family: Policies for a Changing Work Force. Washington, D.C: National Academy Press, 1991. Internet resource.

Other links/resources:

An Interview with Marianne Ferber: founding feminist economist

Marianne Ferber Papers at the University of Illinois Library Archives


Marianne A. Ferber's CV

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