The Harriet Taylor Mill Institute for Economics and Gender Studies (HTMI) was founded in February 2001. It is named after Harriet Taylor Mill (1807-1858), British economist and pioneer of the women’s movement. The institute is part of the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR Berlin).

Establishing Gender Studies as a vital part of economic research has been on the agenda of HWR Berlin ever since the school adopted its study and research focus "Economics and Gender Relations". After the merger of Fachhochschule für Wirtschaft (FHW) and Fachhochschule für Verwaltung und Rechtspflege (FHVR) to HWR Berlin, the Harriet Taylor Mill Institute has expanded its research on gender issues in law and administration.

The Harriet Taylor Mill Institute is the only scientific research institute in Germany bringing together scholars of economics, management, sociology, computer science and law who carry out interdisciplinary research on economics, law and administration.

The institute is funded by the HWR Berlin.