The Economics of Women, Men, and Work

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-09-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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The Economics of Women, Men, and Work, Seventh Edition, is the most current and comprehensive source available for research, data, and analysis on women, gender, and economics. Blau, Ferber, and Winkler are widely known for their research and contributions to the study of the economics of gender. The seventh edition reflects the numerous changes in the labor market and in the family that have occurred in recent years.


* Due to its scope, this text is suitable for a variety of courses, including women's studies courses and courses on the economics of gender, economic problems, general labor economics, and the economics of the family

* Coverage of current social trends offers insight into shifting demographics like the rise in serial cohabitation and multi-partner fertility and the decline in teen birth rates

* Research explores the causes and consequences of recent developments in the labor market, including the implications of the Great Recession and the increasingly divergent outcomes for both individuals and families with various levels of education

* Updated discussions of gender differences from an international perspective cover dramatic changes occurring across the globe, including rapid declines in fertility in nearly all countries and dramatic increases in women's education in developing countries

Author Biography

Francine D. Blau is Frances Perkins Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Labor Economics at Cornell University. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Labor Economics and the Journal of Labor Research. Professor Blau is the author of Equal Pay in the Office and coauthor of At Home and Abroad: U.S. Labor Market Performance in International Perspective, which won the 2002 Richard A. Lester Award.

The late Marianne A. Ferber was Professor Emerita of Economics and Women's Studies at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She was editor of Women in the Labor Market and coeditor of Work and Family, Beyond Economic Man, Academic Couples, Nonstandard Work, and Feminist Economics Today. Professor Ferber also served for many years on the editorial boards of Feminist Economics and Review of Social Economy.

Anne E. Winkler is Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics and Professor of Public Policy Administration at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Professor Winkler's work has appeared in Journal of Human Resources, Monthly Labor Review, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and Management Science. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Social Science Quarterly and Journal of Labor Research.

Table of Contents


Part I: Introduction and Historical Perspectives

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Women and Men: Historical Perspectives

Part II: The Allocation of Time between the Household and the Labor Market

Chapter 3: The Family as an Economic Unit: Theoretical Perspectives
Chapter 4: The Family as an Economic Unit: Evidence
Chapter 5: The Labor Force: Definitions and Trends
Chapter 6: The Labor Supply Decision

Part III: Labor Market Outcomes: Theory, Evidence, and Policy

Chapter 7: Evidence on Gender Differences in Labor Market Outcomes
Chapter 8: Gender Differences in Educational Attainment: Theory and Evidence
Chapter 9: Other Supply-Side Sources of Gender Differences in Labor Market Outcomes: On-the-Job Training, Family Gaps, Psychological Attributes, and Math Test Scores
Chapter 10: Evidence on the Sources of Gender Differences in Earnings and Occupations: Supply-Side Factors versus Labor Market Discrimination
Chapter 11: Labor Market Discrimination: Theory
Chapter 12: Government Policies to Combat Employment Discrimination

Part IV: The Economics of the Family: Theory, Evidence, and Policy

Chapter 13: Changing Work Roles and Family Formation
Chapter 14: The Changing American Family and Implications for Family Well-Being
Chapter 15: Government Policies Affecting Family Well-Being
Chapter 16: Balancing the Competing Demands of Work and Family

Part V: The Economic Status of the World's Women

Chapter 17: Gender Differences around the World: An Overview
Chapter 18: Gender Differences around the World: Specific Countries and Regions

Author Index
Subject Index

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