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University of Cambridge - Gonville & Caius College
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economic, industrial revolution, markets, economic growth, feminism, women, capitalism
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About Me

Dr Victoria Bateman is an economic historian and a Fellow in Economics at the University of Cambridge. She is Director of Studies for the Economics Tripos at Gonville and Caius College, and holds a degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge as well as graduate degrees in Economic History and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Victoria writes regular economics commentary (see Bloomberg View, CapX and UnHerd), has contributed articles to The Guardian, Times Higher Education, The Conversation and The Telegraph and has appeared on a number of BBC Radio 4 programmes. You can find interviews with Victoria in The Sunday Times and The Cambridge News.

Victoria also uses the medium of art as well as protest to engage with questions about women and society. She is a committed feminist who explores perceptions of the female body through her work with noted artists, her naked protests and through various writings about modern day feminism. She has made a public call for a sexual revolution in economics and firmly believes that lowering inequality, reducing poverty and raising economic growth in the West requires the empowerment of women in poorer parts of the world – that the economic problems faced by richer countries are intrinsically tied to the conditions elsewhere.

Recent Publications


The Sex Factor: how women made the West rich (2019)

Markets and Growth in Early Modern Europe (2016 & 2012)


John Maynard Keynes (in Great Economic Thinkers, ed. Jon Conlin, 2018)

Milton Friedman (in Great Economic Thinkers, ed. Jon Conlin, 2018)


Classical Liberalism: the foundation for a new economics (Critical Review, 2016)

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Media Coverage
Various Radio 4 (including,
Country Focus
UK, Europe
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, 19th century, Early Modern, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Capitalism, Economic History, Gender, Women