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Mieke Meurs Professor Economics

PhD, Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; BS, Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies Meurs has recently taught Heterodox Microeconomics, Political Economy, and a Complex Problems course called What's It Worth? Her research and publications are mainly in the area of feminist economics, care work, and gender bargaining power.
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Spring 2024

  • ECON-316 Pol Economy of Race in U.S.

  • ECON-810 Micro Political Economy

Fall 2024

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: Imagining the Good Life

  • ECON-317 Political Economy

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

  • Recent publications and research examine national models of child and elder care and their labor market implications for individuals, and measurement and implications of gender bargaining power in the Global South and the transition economies of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Recent field research has been supported by a grant from the Open Society Foundation.

Professional Services

  • Past Executive Vice-President and Treasurer, International Association for Feminist Economics
  • Member; Editorial Board, Politics + Society

Teaching Interests

  • Recent courses taught include Political Economy, Heterodox Microeconomics, the Economics of Gender, and a Complex Problems course called What’s It Worth: How We Determine Value?

Selected Publications

  • “Women Are Herders Too: Women’s Role and Bargaining Power in Mongolian Herding Households,” under review.  With Amarjargal Amartuvshin, Otgontugs Banzragch, Mayagmasuren Boldbaatar, and Georgia Poyatzis
  • “Elder Care and Paid Work: Gender Differences in the Relationship Between Unpaid Elder Care Work and Employment in Bulgaria.” European Journal of Social Policy, forthcoming 2020, with Lisa Giddings.
  • “Improving Assessments of Gender Bargaining Power: A Case Study from Bangladesh” Feminist Economics, 2019, with Rita Ismaylov.
  • “A data triangulation approach to understanding the behavior of small landholders in Bulgaria,” in Frederick Lee and Bruce Cronin, eds, Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Heterodox Economics (Edward Elgar, 2016).