This article describes the evolution of Edgeworth’s thought on women’s wages and on the principle of “equal pay for equal work.” We first document Edgeworth’s early works on “exact utilitarianism” as an epistemic basis for his reflections upon women’s wages. Second, we review his first writings on women’s work and wages: early mentions in the 1870s, his book reviews published in the Economic Journal, and the substantial preface he wrote for the British Association for the Advancement of Science 1904 report on Women in Printing Trades. Third, we document his 1922 British Association presidential address in relation to the burgeoning literature on women’s work and wages within political economy at the time. Finally, we show that his 1923 follow-up article on women’s wages and economic welfare constitutes an update of his “aristocratical utilitarianism” in the post–World War I context.
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Research Article| October 01 2021
Sentiment and Prejudice: Francis Ysidro Edgeworth on Women’s Wages
History of Political Economy (2021) 53 (5): 799–832.
Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, Annie L. Cot; Sentiment and Prejudice: Francis Ysidro Edgeworth on Women’s Wages. History of Political Economy 1 October 2021; 53 (5): 799–832. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182702-9395055
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