WGSS 205
Gender and Economics Spring 2018
Division II
Cross-listed ECON 203 / WGSS 205
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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.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3108
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
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ECON 203 Division II WGSS 205 Division II
Attributes: FYCR Open to First-Year Students
POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course

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