In this course, we apply economic models of the labor market and household organization and production to a wide range of important topics, including marriage, fertility, discrimination, and work-family policies. Along the way, we ponder questions like: What are the pros and cons of using the family leave benefits offered by your employer? If women ‘leaned in’, would they be paid more? Why do Millenials appear to value marriage less than the previous generations, and is there anything wrong with that? Should women be rewarded for their looks? And should men be rewarded for being tall? This course will help you better understand society and your own life choices while you hone your economic skills by thinking rigorously about important real-world problems. 3 undergraduate hours
Prerequisites (Must be complete BEFORE taking this course):
ECON 102 (Microeconomic Principles)
ECON 103 (Macroeconomic Principles)
MATH 220 or MATH 221 (Calculus 1)
ECON 302 (Intermediate Microeconomic Theory)
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This course is taught by the below faculty ~ you may click on their name to view their website with additional information. Please check the Course Explorer or Enterprise/Self-Service to see what section they will be teaching (teaching schedules vary by semester).
Professor Elizabeth Powers
Past Course Syllabi:
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ECON 490 Women in the Economy Elizabeth Powers Past Syllabus
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