Lourdes Beneria

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Lourdes Beneria
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Born1937 (age 81–82)
InstitutionCornell University
FieldFeminist economics
Alma materUniversity of Barcelona
Columbia University

Lourdes Benería (born 1937) is a Spanish-American economist. She is Professor Emerita at Cornell University's Department of City and Regional Planning. The author and editor of many books and articles, her work has concentrated on topics having to do with labor economics, women's work, the informal economy, Gender and Development, Latin American Development and globalization. Before Cornell, she taught at Rutgers University and has given courses in other international centers. She worked at the ILO for two years and has collaborated with other UN organizations, such as UNIFEM and UNDP, and with several NGOs. She obtained her PhD at Columbia University in 1975.

Early life[edit]

Lourdes Benería was born in La Vall de Boí, Lleida, Spain.[1]


Beneria received her undergraduate degree from the University of Barcelona in 1961 and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 1975.[1]

Notable ideas[edit]

Lourdes Beneria, along with other feminists such as Jean Gardiner, Susan Himmelweit, Jane Humphries, Gita Sen, and Maxine Molyneux are credited with starting the conversation to differentiate Marxism from socialist feminism. This idea proposed that Marxism looks at the relationship of gender inequity to capitalism while socialist feminism examines the ways in which work and labor created systemic forces that reinforced patriarchy and white privilege.[2]


  • 2018 Creu de Sant Jordi, Generalitat de Catalunya, for lifetime achievements.[3]
  • 2016 Medalla al trabajo Presidente Macià y Placa al trabajo Presidente Macià.[4]
  • 2017 Isabel de Villena Prize, for contributions to feminist work, Comunitat Valenciana.[5]
  • 2002 Narcis Monturiol Prize, for lifetime contributions to scientific work, Department of Culture of the Catalan Government.[3]
  • 2000 Recipient of the Cook Award for work on behalf of women, Cornell University.



  • Benería, Lourdes; Stimpson, Catharine R. (1987). Women, households, and the economy. New Brunswick N.J: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 9780813512648.
  • Benería, Lourdes (1982). Women and development - the sexual division of labor in rural societies: a study. New York, N.Y: Praeger. ISBN 9780030618024.
  • Benería, Lourdes (1987). The crossroads of class & gender: industrial homework, subcontracting, and household dynamics in Mexico City. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226042329.
  • Benería, Lourdes; Feldman, Shelley (1992). Unequal burden: economic crises, persistent poverty, and women's work. Boulder: Westview Press. ISBN 9780813382296.
  • Benería, Lourdes; Bisnath, Savitri (2001). Gender and development: theoretical, empirical, and practical approaches. Cheltenham, UK Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Pub. ISBN 9781840641943.
  • Benería, Lourdes (2003). Gender, development, and globalization: economics as if all people mattered. New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415927079.
  • Benería, Lourdes; Bisnath, Savitri (2004). Global tensions: challenges and opportunities in the world economy. New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415934411.
  • Benería, Lourdes; May, Ann Mari; Strassmann, Diana L (2011). Feminist economics. Cheltenham, UK Northampton, Massachusetts: Edward Elgar. ISBN 9781843765684.
  • Beneria, Lourdes; Berik, Gunseli; Floro, Maria S., Gender, Development and Globalization. Economics as if all people mattered, second edition. New York: Routledge 2016.

Chapters in books[edit]

  • Benería, Lourdes (2009), "From "harmony" to "cooperative conflicts": Amartya Sen's contribution to household theory", in Kanbur, Ravi; Basu, Kaushik (eds.), Arguments for a better world: essays in honor of Amartya Sen | Volume II: Society, institutions and development, Oxford New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 202–218, ISBN 9780199239979.

Journal articles[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Guide to the Lourdes Benería Papers, 1974-2008". Cornell University. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  2. ^ Seiz, Janet A. "Feminism(s)." The Elgar Companion to Feminist Economics, edited by Janice Peterson, and Margaret Lewis, Edward Elgar Publishing, 1st edition, 2004. Credo Reference, http://wheatoncollege.edu/Accessed 26 Mar. 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Lourdes Beneria i Farré | enciclopèdia.cat". www.enciclopedia.cat. Retrieved 2019-09-09.
  4. ^ "Resultats i fitxa". Diari Oficial de la Generalitat de Catalunya (in Catalan). Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  5. ^ Hortanoticias, Redacción (2017-11-20). "Quart de Poblet entrega a Carmen Alborch y a Lourdes Benería el VIII Premio Isabel de Villena de Igualdad". Hortanoticias.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-09-09.

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Non-profit organisation positions
Preceded by
Nancy Folbre
President of the International Association for Feminist Economics
Succeeded by
Bina Agarwal