The Economics of Gender

In the United States and the rest of the world, one can observe different economic outcomes for men and women that are both significant and persistent. This course uses economic theory and analysis in an attempt to explain why gender differences lead to different outcomes in education, career choices, family roles, and earnings. To analyze these differences, this course looks at economic models that explicitly include men and women, at statistics measuring the differences between men and women, and at government and corporate policies that affect men and women differently. This course also includes comparisons of gender-related outcomes across countries, over time in the United States, and across ethnic groups.