The International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) was formed in 1992 in response to several critical concerns. Economics is a conservative and narrow discipline. Many issues pertaining to the experiences, well-being, and empowerment of women have received little attention. Scholars undertaking feminist economic research and policy advocacy typically experience a lack of support from their colleagues and institutions. Researchers and activists on women's issues often work in isolation, and feminist researchers in different parts of the world face difficulties in finding out about each other's work.
IAFFE seeks to combat these problems and to advance feminist inquiry into economic issues. The organization aims to increase the visibility and range of economic research on gender; to facilitate communication among scholars, policy makers, and activists concerned with women's well-being and empowerment; to promote discussions among policy makers about interventions which serve women's needs; to educate economists, policymakers, and the general public about feminist perspectives on economic issues; to foster feminist evaluations of economics as a discipline; to expose the gender-blindness characteristic of much social science and the ways in which this impoverishes all research, even research that does not explicitly concern women's issues; to help expand opportunities for women, especially women from underrepresented groups, within economics; and, to encourage the inclusion of feminist perspectives in the teaching of economics.
IAFFE pursues these ends through a variety of publishing and networking activities. These include: the publication of the scholarly journal Feminist Economics to present theoretical, empirical, policy-related, and methodological work on economic issues from a feminist perspective; the holding of regular summer conferences where feminist work is presented and discussed; and, the organization of panel sessions at national, regional, and international meetings of economists and researchers from related disciplines. The IAFFE book series pursues the aims of the organization by providing a forum in which scholars have space to develop their ideas at length and in detail. The series exemplifies the value of feminist research and the high standard of IAFFE-sponsored scholarship.