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Women and the Economy (4th Edition)

Family, Work and Pay

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11 March 2021

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11 March 2021

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This textbook presents a comprehensive analysis of the enormous changes in women’s economic lives around the world, from the family to the labor market. Hoffman and Averett examine a range of fascinating topics...

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This textbook presents a comprehensive analysis of the enormous changes in women’s economic lives around the world, from the family to the labor market. Hoffman and Averett examine a range of fascinating topics such as the effect of rising women’s wages and improved labor market opportunities on marriage, the ways in which more reliable contraception has shaped women’s adult lives and careers, and the forces behind the phenomenal rise in women’s labor force activity. This fourth edition addresses important topics of discussion through brand new chapters on gender in economics and race and gender in the USA. It incorporates the latest research findings throughout, many of which are featured in helpful call-out boxes, and illustrated with new graphs and figures. 

This is invaluable reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of economics, development and women’s studies. The level of economic analysis is suitable for students with basic economics knowledge. 

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The only economics textbook for undergraduates that focuses on both women's family and labor market issues
Written in an inclusive, engaging and highly readable style, with accessible treatment of economic theory and research used to illuminate and explain personal experiences, making the content relevant to students
Strong emphasis on contemporary issues and policies
International coverage, including two chapters focused on women in developing countries
Introduces landmark cases around women's rights, discrimination, labor disputes and policies
Advanced ideas but no advanced techniques: students need only an introductory-level economics background to use this book successfully





New chapters on gender in economics and race and gender in economics
Fully updated with new data, policy examples and a new companion website with lecturer resources
Increased pedagogy, with over 30 new boxes
Policy has been integrated into the main chapters so that connections are clearer
Intersectional approach






1. Women and the economy
2. Economics tools and thinking
3. Gender and economics
4. Marriage and the family: an economic approach
5. Marriage: applications and extensions
6. The economics of fertility
7. The economics of fertility: applications and extensions
8. Women at work
9. Women’s labor force participation: applications and extensions
10. Women's earnings, occupation, and education: an overview
11. Gender differences in earnings: explanations
12. Gender differences in earnings: methods and evidence
13. Race and gender in the USA
14. Marriage and fertility in developing countries
15. Women's education, work and earnings in developing countries.
This text demonstrates for students how economic theory and econometric analysis can be applied to a wide variety of interesting topics around gender and family economics. The choice of topics and the level of treatment are well designed to expose students to exciting analysis and findings while at the same time building their skills with the underlying tools. – Terra McKinnish, University of Colorado, USA
Hoffman and Averett have produced an outstanding resource for instructors and students of labor economics and the economics of the family. They have given us a canonical treatment of topics that have played central roles in recent economic history and in economic development more broadly, but which are usually omitted from other textbooks. – Ryan D. Edwards, University of California, Berkeley, USA
This textbook offers a conscientious up-to-date treatment of the economics of the family. It covers a wide range of topic including two excellent chapters on women and families in developing countries and will benefit students from around the world. – Michèle Tertilt, University of Mannheim, Germany
The COVID-19 pandemic in this new decade has highlighted how vital it is to understand household behaviour and how gender inequality may increase with major shocks affecting labour market settings as well as time allocation and decisions made inside the family. The rigorous analytical approach of this textbook to explain real world trends provides a valuable resource in understanding these challenges. – Sonia Oreffice, University of Exeter, UK
This exceptional textbook reveals how powerful the tools of economics are. Students will learn how to analyze such issues as marriage, divorce, fertility, and family structure - topics that few people associate with the field of economics. The authors present the main ideas and empirical findings from state-of-the-art research in a way that is not only very clear and accessible, but also highly engaging. – Evelyn Lehrer, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
This is an excellent book, appropriate for both students of economics and those with a preliminary exposure to the subject of economics. It goes beyond the traditional economics of gender topics such as labor force participation, discrimination and gender wage gap to also cover the economics of marriage, fertility and family. It discusses the intersectionality of race and gender as well as issues relevant to women’s lives at a global level. The authors have expertly incorporated the latest empirical research in each chapter, making it a fantastic reference guide for instructors who are teaching this course for the first time. – Anoshua Chaudhuri, San Francisco State University, USA
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Saul D. Hoffman is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Delaware, where he taught for 39 years.  He also served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Lyon II, University of Paris 1-Sorbonne, and the University of Colorado, Denver. He has published widely in labor economics and economic demography. He is the author of By the Numbers: The Public Costs of Teen Childbearing and co-editor of Kids Having Kids (2nd Edition), to which he also contributed several chapters.  He is the co-author of two books on the Earned Income Tax Credit published by the Upjohn Institute, and, with Susan Averett and Laura Argys, co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Women and the Economy, published in...

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Saul D. Hoffman is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Delaware, where he taught for 39 years.  He also served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Lyon II, University of Paris 1-Sorbonne, and the University of Colorado, Denver. He has published widely in labor economics and economic demography. He is the author of By the Numbers: The Public Costs of Teen Childbearing and co-editor of Kids Having Kids (2nd Edition), to which he also contributed several chapters.  He is the co-author of two books on the Earned Income Tax Credit published by the Upjohn Institute, and, with Susan Averett and Laura Argys, co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Women and the Economy, published in 2018.

Susan L. Averett is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at Lafayette College. She has published widely in both economic demography and health economics and currently serves as co-editor of the journal Economics and Human Biology. From 2010-2015, she was co-editor of the Eastern Economic Journal. She is a co-editor (with Saul D. Hoffman and Laura M. Argys) of The Oxford Handbook of Women and the Economy, published in 2018. She is also a Research Associate at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). Recently her work has focused on marriage and health, the causes and consequences of obesity and pollution and infant health. 

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