Elizabeth Baker (economist)

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Elizabeth Faulkner Baker
Born(1885-12-10)10 December 1885
Abilene, Kansas, United States
Died30 January 1973(1973-01-30) (aged 87)
Seattle, Washington, United States
InstitutionBarnard College
Alma materUniversity of California (LL.B.)
Columbia University (M.A., Ph.D.)
InfluencesFrederick Winslow Taylor
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Elizabeth Faulkner Baker (10 December 1885 – 30 January 1973) was an American economist and academic who specialized in scientific management and the relationship between employment and technological change, especially the role of women.

Personal life and education[edit]

Baker was born in Abilene, Kansas, on 10 December 1885 and served as dean of women and instructor in economics at Lewiston State Normal School (1915–17) and then dean of women at Ellensburg State Normal School (1917–18) while earning her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of California in 1918. She received her M.A. in economics from Columbia University in 1919 and her Ph.D. in economics from the same university in 1925 while teaching at Barnard College.[1]


Baker remained at Barnard for the rest of her career, serving as chair of the Department of Economics from 1940 until her retirement in 1952. During World War II, she served as a hearing officer for the National War Labor Board. She joined the Taylor Society, a group dedicated to the ideas of scientific management as espoused by Frederick Winslow Taylor, in the late 1920s and Baker was director of its New York section in 1944–46.[1]


  1. ^ a b Dimand, Dimand & Forget, p. 16


  • Dimand, Robert W.; Dimand, Mary Ann & Forget, Evelyn L., eds. (2000). A Biographical Dictionary of Women Economists. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. ISBN 1852789646.
  • "Most widely held works by Elizabeth Faulkner Baker". WorldCat.