This course is an analysis of changing roles of women, using theoretical and empirical tools of economics. Topics include work and family issues, the labor market, occupational segregation, and discrimination. Although the primary focus is on women in the U.S., this course devotes a substantial amount of time to issues related to women from other countries. The students gain an understanding of what the economy and economic policy can do, how they can affect men and women differently, and how economic policy can lead to greater gender (in)equality.
Prerequisites: ECON 170; MATH 170 or 180, or permission of the instructor.