Women and the Economy

Pearson Publishing, 2010

This book is designed for classes in the general area of Women and the Economy. It could also be used for courses on the Economics of the FamilyAs the title suggests, the text differs from existing Gender-focused economics textbooks in having a more substantial emphasis on family issues –marriage and fertility– in addition to the traditional emphasis on labor market issues.  It also includes five chapters that present in-depth analysis of policy issues. The book is mainstream in orientation, squarely within the neo-classical tradition - neither feminist nor apologetic. A one-semester course in microeconomics is the recommended pre-requisite. 

The text is divided into two parts:

  • The first part presents the core economic theory and models. It includes chapters on marriage, fertility, labor force participation, and wage issues (human capital, discrimination, empirical evidence). Each chapter first presents the basic facts and trends, then presents the economic models that can be used to illuminate the underlying behavior and address the trends, and finally surveys the related empirical literature.
  • The second part of the text presents a set of separate, largely free-standing chapters on broad policy issues and topics with very specific relevance and implications for women, such as welfare and poverty, Social Security and tax policy, and family policy. These issues clearly relate to the theory and models developed in the first part of the text, but they require and deserve an in-depth analysis. This section also includes a new chapter on Women in Developing Countries.

To see the Table of Contents and read the preface, click here.  

This book has an amazing amount of very interesting microeconomics and policy analysis in it. We guarantee that your students will like it–and learn a great deal of great economics in the process.  Questions?  — contact me here.