WGSS 205 Fall 2014 Gender and Economics

Cross Listed as ECON203
This course uses economic analysis to explore how gender differences can lead to differences in economic outcomes, in both households and the labor market. Questions to be covered include: How does the family function as an economic unit? How do individuals allocate time between the labor market and the household? How have changes in family structure affected women's employment, and vice-versa? What are possible explanations for gender differences in labor force participation, occupational choice, and earnings? What is the role of government in addressing gender issues in the home and the workplace? How successful are government policies that primarily affect women (e.g., comparable worth policies, AFDC/TANF, subsidization of child care)? The course will focus on the current experience of women in the United States, but will place these gender differences in a historical and cross-cultural context.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly discussion papers, two midterms, and a final paper and presentation
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Prerequisites: ECON 110
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: FYCR Open to First-Year Students,POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1457
WGSS 205 - 01 (F) LEC Gender and Economics Division 2: Social Studies Lucie Schmidt
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Griffin 2 1457
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