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SS Courses   2019   Economics of the Household and Gender

Economics of the Household and Gender

    Course Outline


    Drs. Shoshana Grossbard


    25 -28 june 2019 (10.00am-13.00pm)





    Session 1: June 25

    History of Household Economics (HHE) since the early 20 th Century, with an emphasis on the role of women

    • Definition of HHE
    • Home Economics: Reid, Kyrk
    • Modern Household Economics: Becker, Mincer at Columbia and Chicago
    • Feminist Economics
    • The outcomes of interest


    Folbre, Nancy. "The 'Sphere of Women' in Early Twentieth Century Economics." In Gender and American Social Science, edited by Helene Silverberg. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1998.

    Yi, Yun-Ae. "Margaret G. Reid: Life and Achievements." Feminist Economics 2, no. 3 (November 1, 1996): 17-36.

    Grossbard, Shoshana. "The New Home Economics at Columbia and Chicago." In Jacob Mincer: A Pioneer of Modern Labor Economics, edited by Shoshana Grossbard. Springer US, 2006.


    Session 2: June 26

    Modeling Decision-Making in Households

    • Unitary models
    • Marriage market models
    • Bargaining models
    • Collective models
    • Macro-level implications, including effects of sex ratio
    • Micro-level implications, including use of hedonic marriage market analysis when explaining labor supply, consumption, couple formation, fertility and more


    Appendix to Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 and Selected portions of other chapters in Grossbard, Shoshana. The Marriage Motive: A Price Theory of Marriage: How Marriage Markets Affect Employment, Consumption, and Savings. New York: Springer-Verlag, 2015.

    Grossbard-Schechtman, Shoshana. On the Economics of Marriage - A Theory of Marriage, Labor and Divorce., 1993.


    Session 3: June 27

    Empirical studies on labor supply, consumption, couple formation, fertility, and more


    3.1On effects of sex ratio:

     Charles, Kerwin Kofi, and Ming Ching Luoh. "Male Incarceration, the Marriage Market, and Female Outcomes." The Review of Economics and Statistics 92, no. 3 (May 17, 2010): 614-27.

    Porter, Maria. "How Do Sex Ratios in China Influence Marriage Decisions and Intra-Household Resource Allocation?" Review of Economics of the Household 14, no. 2 (June 1, 2016): 337-71.


    3.2Micro-analyses incorporating markets for marriage and other relationships: 

    Grossbard-Shechtman, Shoshana A., and Shoshana Neuman. "Women's Labor Supply and Marital Choice." Journal of Political Economy 96, no. 6 (1988): 1294-1302.

    Chiappori, Pierre-André, Sonia Oreffice, and Climent Quintana-Domeque. "Fatter Attraction: Anthropometric and Socioeconomic Matching on the Marriage Market." Journal of Political Economy 120, no. 4 (August 1, 2012): 659-95.


    Badgett, M. Lee, Gary Gates, and Natalya Maisel. "Registered Domestic Partnerships among Gay Men and Lesbians: The Role of Economic Factors." Review of Economics of the Household 6, no. 4 (2008): 327-46.


    Session 4: June 28

    Policy implications, including implications about gender in the economics profession. Includes guest lecture by Professor Elsa Fontainha from ISEG (Coordinator in ISEG of the EU Horizon 2020 Project Promoting Gender Balance and Inclusion in Research, Innovation and Training (PLOTINA)

    4.1Overview of implications regarding policy, firm strategies, and personal strategies

    Grossbard, Shoshana. "Introduction." In Marriage and the Economy Edited by Shoshana A. Grossbard, Foreword by Jacob Mincer, 2003.

    4.2Economic analyses of effects of laws related to marriage and divorce


    Grossbard-Shechtman., Shoshana. "Marriage Market Models." In The New Economics of Human Behaviour Edited by Mariano Tommasi, 1995.

    Wong, Ho-Po Crystal. "Credible Commitments and Marriage: When The Homemaker Gets Her Share At Divorce." Journal of Demographic Economics 82, no. 3 (September 2016): 241-79.

    Alshaikhmubarak, Hazem, R. Richard Geddes, and Shoshana A. Grossbard. "Single Motherhood and the Abolition of Coverture in the United States." Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 16, no. 1 (2019): 94-118.


    4.3Gender and household production

    Foster, Gigi, and Leslie S. Stratton. "Do Significant Labor Market Events Change Who Does the Chores? Paid Work, Housework, and Power in Mixed-Gender Australian Households." Journal of Population Economics 31, no. 2 (April 1, 2018): 483-519.


    4.4Gender and Citations of Economics articles

    Grossbard, Shoshana, Tansel Yilmazer, and Zhang Lingrui. "The Gender Gap in Citations: Lessons from Demographic Economics Journals." HCEO Working Paper 2018-078., October 2018.