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Washington and Lee University    
  Jan 20, 2018
2017-2018 University Catalog archived

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ECON 251 - Women in the Economy

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: ECON 100 or 101. Preference to ECON majors during the first round of registration. Students explore how economic theory and analysis can be applied to examine the multiple roles that women play in our society. In particular, we examine linkages and changes in women's human capital, marriage, fertility, family structure, and occupation and labor supply decisions in the post-World War II era. We also investigate the magnitude and causes of the gender wage gap. We assess how much of the gender wage gap can be explained by education and occupational choice, and how much appears to be due to discrimination. We also learn about {and try to explain} the differences in labor-market outcomes for women with and without children. Finally, we access the causes and consequences of teenage pregnancy and single motherhood. Shester.

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