Early women economists at Columbia University

Contributions in the struggle for labor protection in the Lochner era

Authored by: Clara Elisabetta Mattei

The Routledge Handbook of the History of Women’s Economic Thought

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138852341
eBook ISBN: 9781315723570
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The 1910s and 1920s were critical for the development of labor legislation in the United States. A shift in the role of the state was being negotiated in the regulation of the economy, especially of the labor market. A heterogeneous network of progressive activists, of which academics were a constituent (Hart 1994, 67), fought for enactment of protective labor legislation, while conservative efforts, primarily embodied by Lochner era 2 Federal Courts, upheld freedom of contract and laissez-faire.

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