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Women in the Economy

Professor Francine D. Blau
International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), 2016
Level: beginner
Perspective: Feminist Economics
Topic: Race & Gender
Format: Syllabus

Course goals

  • Learn about women, men, and work in the labor market and the household.
  • Learn to apply the tools of economic analysis to these topics and deepen understanding of these tools.
  • Develop the skills to think critically about gender issues, including policy interventions.
  • Enhance understanding of how to analyze social science data and draw conclusions.
  • Learn data concepts and how to find and interpret government data.


Course outline

1. Introduction 

2. Historical Perspectives 

3. The 'Family' as an Economic Unit

4. Labour Force Participation

5. Gender Differences in Labour Market Outcomes

    a. Evidence on Gender Differences 
    b. Human Capital and other Supply-Side Sources
    c. Evidence on the Sources of Gender Differences Supply-Side Factors versus Discrimination
    d. Labour Market Discrimination: Theory and Policy

6. The Economics of the Family 

    a. Family Formation and Family Well-Being 
    b. Policies Affecting Families 

7. International Comparisons


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Comment from our editors:

This syllabus is part of the Syllabi collection on International Association for Feminist Economics. This course is suitable for undergraduate students.

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