Jennifer Olmsted's Publications


Jennifer Olmsted’s Publications

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  • Gender and Globalization: The Iranian Experience, in Globalization, Islamism and Women in Iran, edited by R. Bahramitash and H. Esfahani, Syracuse U. Press 2011
  • La géographie importe-t-elle ou doit-elle importer en économie? French translation of “Does/Should Geography Matter for the Discipline of Economics?” in Les sciences sociales en voyage: le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique du Nord vus d’Europe, d’Amerique et de l’interieur, edited by Eberhard Kienle, Paris, Editions Karthala / IREMAM 2009
  • (Revisiting) The Question of Gender, Education, Employment and Fertility in MENA, (in Spanish) in Población y Desarrollo en el Mediterráneo: Transiciones demográficas y Desigualdades socio- económicas, Edited by Tomás Jiménez Araya, IEMED and UNFPA joint project, Editorial ICARIA, Barcelona, 2009
  • The Myth of the Borderless World – Resisting (Post)colonial Economic Hegemony in Palestine, in M. Murphy and S. Dayal, Global Babel: Questions of Discourse and Communication in a Time of Globalization, 229-248, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, 2007.
  • ‘Globalization’ Denied: Gender and Poverty in Iraq and Palestine, in The Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Armed Repression, and Women’s Poverty, edited by Amalia Cabezas, Ellen Reese, and Marguerite Waller, pp. 178-233, Paradigm, Boulder, Colorado, 2007.
  • Introduction,Gender Impact of Trade Liberalization in the MENA [Middle East and North Africa] Region, pp. 8-13, Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR), Tunis, Tunisia, 2006.
  • Structuring a Pension Scheme for a Future Palestinian State, with Edward Sayre in Economic Policy for Palestine, edited by David Cobham and Nu’man Kanafani, pp. 143-171, Routledge, London 2004.
  • Orientalism and Economic Methods – (Re)reading Feminist Economic Texts, in Postcolonialism Meets Economics, edited by Eiman Zein-Elabdin and S. Charusheela, pp. 162-182, Routledge, London, 2004.
  • Reexamining the Fertility Puzzle in the Middle East and North Africa, in Women and Globalization in the Arab Middle East: Gender, Economy and Society, edited by Eleanor Doumato and Marsha Pripstein- Posusney, pp. 73-92, Lynne Rienner, Boulder, CO, 2003.
  • Politics, Economics and (Virtual) Water: A Discursive Analysis of Water Policies in the Middle East and North Africa, with J. A. Allan, in Food and Agriculture in the Middle East and North Africa, Hans Lofgren (Ed.), Vol. 5 of Research in Middle East Economics, pp. 53-78, JAI/Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2003.
  • Men’s Work/Women’s Work: Employment, Wages and Occupational Segregation in Bethlehem, in The Economics of Women and Work in the Middle East and North Africa, Mine Cinar (Ed.), Vol. 4 of Research in Middle East Economics, pp. 151-174, JAI/Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2001.


  • Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Volume IV (Economics, Education, Mobility, and Space), edited by Suad Joseph, et al., Brill, 2007.
    • Social And Welfare Policies: Central Arab States And North Africa
    • Women, Gender and Labor Profiles: Arab States
    • Women, Gender and Development Discourses and Practices: Arab States
  • Economics,Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures Vol 1: Methodologies, Paradigms and Sources, edited by Suad Joseph, et al., Brill 2003.
  • Economic History: Middle East and North Africa, in The Elgar Companion to Feminist Economics, edited by Janice Peterson and Margaret Lewis, pp. 219-226, Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 1999.


  • “Does/Should Geography Matter for the Discipline of Economics?” Sixth Mediterranean Social and Political Research Meeting Montecatini Terme, Italy, March 2005, Aix-en-Provence, March 2006, SSRC, NY, NY, June 2007,
  • The WIC Program: Background, Trends, and Issues, with Vic Oliveira, Elizabeth Racine, and Linda Ghelfi, Economic Research Service (ERS/USDA) Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Report No. 27 (FANRR27), 2002,
  • Tracing the Impacts of Food Assistance Programs on Agriculture and Consumers: A Computable General Equilibrium Model, with K. Hanson, E. Golan, and S. Vogel, ERS/USDA Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Report No. 18 (FANRR18), 2002,


  • Locked in, Locked out of Work, Middle East Report, No. 253, Vol. 39, Issue 4, Winter 2009. Pp. 28-31.
  • The Physical and Economic Devastation of Gaza, Dollars and Sense, July 2009.
  • Review of Feminist Economics and the World Bank: History, Theory and Policy, in Feminist Economics, 14(2):160-163, 2008.
  • Gendered Occupation and Resistance in Palestine, with Tarek Maassarani, Middle East Women’s Studies (MEWS) Review, 19(1/2), Spring,/Summer 2004. pp. 1-4.
  • Pros and Cons of a Minimum Wage, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 8/30/2004, Sect. D (Bus.), p. 1-2
  • Separation Unviable – A Comment on ‘Good Fences for a Bad Neighborhood: The Case for Unilateral Israeli Disengagement,’ by Dan Shueftan, Middle East Insight, Nov-Dec 2001, pp. 68-70.
  • Improving Worker Skills Key to Wage Gains, Rural Conditions and Trends, 11(2), 2000, pp. 56-61.
  • Economics of Palestinian Return Migration, with Edward Sayre, Middle East Report, No. 212, Vol. 29, No. 3, Fall, 1999, p. 8-9.
  • Review of The Palestinian Economy: Between Imposed Integration and Voluntary Separation, in the Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, 33(1), Summer, 1999.
Review of Gender and Development in the Arab World: Women’s Economic Participation: Patterns and Policies, in the MEWS Review, 13(1), Spring, 1998.
  • Teaching with Literature and Films in Undergraduate Courses Across Disciplines Workshop, with Marilyn Booth, Eleanor Doumato, Sondra Hale and Sherifa Zuhur, MEWS Review, 12(4), 1998, pp. 1-7.
  • Thwarting Palestinian Development, Middle East Report, No. 201, Vol. 26, No. 4, Fall, 1996.
  • On the Perils of (Academic) Migration, a review of Dollar, Dove and Eagle: One Hundred Years of Palestinian Migration to Honduras, in the AMEWS Newsletter, May, 1995.


  • Stateless Globalization: The Case of the Palestinian Economy


  • Armed Conflict, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and Women’s Employment: Theoretical and Empirical Links, submitted to Feminist Economics, 2018


  • Labor Market Disruptions and Wage Differences: A Natural Experiment from Israel, with Edward Sayre, currently revising.
  • Care Labor, Intergenerational Equity and (Social) Sustainability
  • Class Grievances – the Arab Uprisings and Beyond
  • Challenges and Opportunities Facing Arab Women in Tech Analyzing the Intersection between Islam, Feminism and Economy
  • Pressuring Israel: An Analysis of Boycott, Divest, Sanctions


  • Child Marriage and Conflict in the Arab Countries, background paper for UN ESCWA, August 2015
  • Gender and Conflict in the Arab World, background paper for UN ESCWA, August 2015.
  • Household structure, gender and poverty for four Arab countries, UNDP background paper, Fall, 2010.
  • Linking Fertility, Economic Policies and Gender in the Middle East And North Africa: A Case Study of Fertility Patterns among Bethlehem Area Palestinians, Economic Research Forum, Cairo, 1999.
  • Labor Markets, Education and Fertility Patterns in the Arab World, for RAND, 1998.
  • Agricultural Wages and Food Prices in Egypt: A Governorate-Level Analysis for 1976-1993, with Gaurav Datt, FCND Discussion Paper 53. Washington, DC: Int’l Food Policy Research Inst. 1997.


  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on Gender, Islam and Economics, Feminist Economics, Fall 2009 to 2014
  • Editor, Middle East Women’s Studies Review (MEWS Review), Fall 1998 to 2004.
  • Editor, Egypt Gender Assessment Report, World Bank, 2003.
Series Editor, Research in Middle East Economics, JAI/Elsevier, Fall 1999 to 2005.
    • 6: Middle East Finance: Missed-opportunities or Future Prospects, Volume editors: Simon Neaime and Nora Ann Colton, 2005.
    • 5: The Economics of Agriculture in the MENA, Volume editor: H. Lofgren, 2003.
    • 4: The Economics of Women and Work in the MENA,Volume editor: E. Cinar, 2001.
  • Editor, Middle East Economics Association Newsletter, Fall 1997 to Winter 1998.