Economics | WOMEN AND THE ECONOMY
E347 | 1701 | Prof. Rotella


E347 Rotella

prerequisite: Intermediate Microeconomics (E321 or S321)

In the second half of the 20th century, American women's lives changed
dramatic in some areas and remarkably little change in others..  In
1950, 3 out of 10 adult women were members of the labor force; today
the number is 6 out of 10.  Today most mothers of infants are employed
outside their homes.  Women's educational levels have risen , and they
have trained for jobs that women rarely held in the past.  The
proportion of doctors, lawyers, accountants, and engineers who are
women has increased greatly, but women are not much more likely to be
plumbers, carpenters, pilots or miners.  The age at which women marry
has risen, and the number of children they bear has declined.  Despite
so many changes, the gap between the earnings of women and men remains
large, and the amount of work in the home done by men has changed
little.
	This course uses the tools of microeconomic analysis to
examine the determinants of women's behavior both inside and outside
the labor force, the causes of the continuing gender differences in
earnings, education, and occupation, and the impact of government
policies on women's behavior and status.
	Students will help lead class discussion and will write a
research paper.  Grades will be based on performance on these
assignments and on a midterm and final exam.