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Barbara Bergmann

  • [Economists' advice] is something like patent medicine — people know it is largely manufactured by quacks and that a good percentage of the time it won't work, but they continue to buy the brand whose flavor they like.

    • Barbara Bergmann,
    • in Eastern Economic Journal ()
  • The welfare system traps single mothers into remaining poverty-stricken pseudo-housewives and sentences their children to deprivation.

  • The liberation of women from exclusive domesticity did not originate in feminist books, or a war, or a big inflation, although they contributed to its progress. The rising enrollment of women in the paid labor force is a straightforward consequence of the industrial revolution of two hundred years ago.

  • To be a housewife is to be a member of a very peculiar occupation, one with characteristics like no other. The nature of the duties to be performed, the method of payment, the form of supervision, the tenure system, the 'market' in which the 'workers' find 'jobs,' and the physical hazards are all very different from the way things are in other occupations.

  • [On affirmative action:] Universities give a boost in admissions for other factors besides race, factors that bring no social benefit, such as athletic ability, celebrity of parents, and alumni connections. It is remarkable how little agitation there is against those practices.

    • Barbara Bergmann,
    • in Times Literary Supplement ()

Barbara Bergmann, U.S. economist

(1927 - 2015)

Full name: Barbara Rose Bergmann.