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Joyce Jacobsen

Andrews Professor of Economics, Emerita

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BA Harvard University
MSC London School of Economics and Political Science
PHD Stanford University

Joyce Jacobsen

Joyce P. Jacobsen is Andrews Professor of Economics, Emerita, at Wesleyan University. She is also currently a Professor of Economics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. She is the former president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wesleyan.

Jacobsen’s research focuses on labor economics, particularly the economics of gender, including patterns of workforce sex segregation, migration, and the effects of interrupted work experience on women’s earnings and advancement. Jacobsen’s publications include Advanced Introduction to Feminist Economics, The Economics of Gender, Labor Markets and Employment Relationships (coauthor Gil Skillman), Queer Economics: A Reader (coeditor Adam Zeller '00), and many articles and book chapters. She has consulted for the World Bank, the ACLU, and other nonprofit organizations. She served as editor of the Eastern Economic Journal and as President of the International Association for Feminist Economics. She has received Wesleyan’s Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the American Economic Association's Carolyn Shaw Bell Award, given annually to an individual who has furthered the status of women in the economics profession. She is currently the Vice President of the Eastern Economics Association. Her latest book, All the Campus Lawyers: Litigation, Regulation, and the New Era of Higher Education (coauthor Louis H. Guard) is forthcoming from Harvard University Press in 2024.

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