Microeconomic analysis of the sources of gender differences in earnings, labor force participation, occupational choice, education, and consumption. Economic theories of discrimination, human capital, fertility, and intrahousehold resource allocation. Economics of the family in developed and developing countries. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in ECON 300. Offered: jointly with GWSS 447.
Why do women earn less than men? Why has women's labor force participation increased in the past several decades, while the men's participation has fallen? Are men and women becoming more similar in terms of economic outcomes? How does the family shape economic well-being, and how do economic conditions affect the family?
In this class we will see how economic theory can be used to answer questions such as these. We will use economic models of the labor market, human capital, discrimination, and the family to explain gender differences in economic outcomes. We will also see how people have examined data in order to test these theories and explore the implications of policies designed to improve the economic well-being of women.
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