Labor Economics 1: Labor, Development and Gender
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Economics
Course Number: GECO 6270
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Social Sciences
  • Economics
This course will examine key labor economic issues in developing countries with a particular emphasis on gender issues. Among the subjects to be covered by the course are the following: 1) Measurement issues in female labor force participation in developing countries a. The delineation of economic activities b. Women and the informal sector 2) Drivers of Female Labor Force Participation Rates in Developing Countries a. Modelling female labor force participation rates in developing countries b. Is there a secular trend in female labor force participation rates? The debate about the feminization U hypothesis c. Empirical drivers of female labor force participation rates in developing countries d. Does globalization promote female employment in developing countries? e. Economic development and female employment in India f. Fertility decline and female employment in Indonesia 3) Gender pay gaps: causes a. Drivers of gender pay gaps in developing countries 4) The impact of gender gaps, in education, employment, and pay on growth: a. Theories of gender gaps and growth; b. Do gender gaps in employment hurt growth? Empirical assessments c. Do gender pay gaps promote growth? The Seguino hypothesis 5) Policy Issues a. Evaluation of female-oriented labor market policies The course, which is jointly offered to MA and Ph.D. student would be run in a seminar format with 1-2 initial overview lectures and then presentations by the students on the particular topics. Reading lists will be made available closer to the start of the semester. Good background literature for the course are two recent World Development Reporty by the World Bank (2012 on Gender and 2013 on jobs).
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Not open to Undergraduate students.