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Lourdes Beneria
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Born1937 (age 82–83)
InstitutionCornell University
FieldFeminist economics
Alma materUniversity of Barcelona
Columbia University

Lourdes Benería (born 1937) is a Spanish-American economist. She was 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.

In 1987 she acquired a position at Cornell University as Professor Emerita and taught until 2010. She was also the Director of the Gender and Global Change Program, as well as the Latin American Studies Program.[1] Beneria spent her academic year between Ithaca and Barcelona as a senior associate member at the Inter-University Institute for the Study of Women and Gender. Her more recent work focused on the feminization of international migration and the care crisis in Europe.[2]

Beneria's work mainly revolved around development issues and on labor markets. In 2007, she was involved in a study of policies that sought to resolve issues regarding family and labor market work in the European Union, specifically in Spain and Latin America.[3] The purpose of the study was to analyze the evolving policies of the labor market conditions in Europe, that were prevailing in developing countries. She collaborated with a UNFPA project that explored the problems faced within the Latin American region and participated in the virtual International Symposium on Gender and Social Cohesion as well.[3]

Early life[edit]

Lourdes Benería was born in La Vall de Boí, Lleida, Spain.[4]


Beneria graduated from the University of Barcelona with an undergraduate degree in 1961, a M.Ph. in 1974 and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 1975.[4]

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.[5]


  • 2018 Creu de Sant Jordi, Generalitat de Catalunya, for lifetime achievements.[6]
  • 2016 Medalla al trabajo Presidente Macià y Placa al trabajo Presidente Macià.[7]
  • 2017 Isabel de Villena Prize, for contributions to feminist work, Comunitat Valenciana.[8]
  • 2002 Narcis Monturiol Prize, for lifetime contributions to scientific work, Department of Culture of the Catalan Government.[6]
  • 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.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

Journal articles[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lourdes Beneria". Great Transition Initiative. 2015-12-09. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  2. ^ "Lourdes Beneria | Cornell AAP". aap.cornell.edu. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  3. ^ a b "Lourdes Beneria studies policies to balance family and labor market work | Cornell AAP". aap.cornell.edu. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  4. ^ a b "Guide to the Lourdes Benería Papers, 1974-2008". Cornell University. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b "Lourdes Beneria i Farré | enciclopèdia.cat". www.enciclopedia.cat. Retrieved 2019-09-09.
  7. ^ "Resultats i fitxa". Diari Oficial de la Generalitat de Catalunya (in Catalan). Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  8. ^ 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