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ECON 203
Gender and Economics Spring 2021
Division II
Cross-listed WGSS 205 / ECON 203

Class Details

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., AFDC/TANF, parental leave, 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.
The Class: Format: lecture; Course will be remote and will include synchronous lecture/discussion, possibly combined with some asynchronous components.
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 5038
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly discussion papers, two midterms, and a final paper and presentation
Prerequisites: ECON 110
Enrollment Preferences: If overenrolled, students will be asked to submit short statement of interest.
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 205 Division II ECON 203 Division II
Attributes: POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course

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