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Econ 3100, Chapter 1 Notes

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Economics of Race and Gender
Professor Saul Hoffman
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Date Created: 09/02/16
ECON3100-001 Economics of Race and Gender Hoffman, Fall, 2016 COURSE DETAILS ▯ Textbook and Syllabus ▯ Canvas site ▯ Lecture Notes - what and why ▯ Attendance policy – what and why ▯ Exams ▯ Grading ▯ Academic Dishonesty ECON3100, University of Colorado Denver Page 1 MY GOALS FOR THIS COURSE ▯ Become knowledgeable about the facts – very interesting! o Marriage, Fertility, Work, Gender Wage Gap o Race Issues o Famous economists o Become a resource ▯ Understand relevant policy issues – also interesting stuff! ▯ Appreciate economic analysis and research methods o See Connections o Topics in this course are a great way to learn economics and appreciate its insights and methods o Start with chapter on theory and methods (Ch 2) ECON3100, University of Colorado Denver Page 2 A Quick Look at Some Topics We Will Talk About - Figure 1.1 (Gender) ECON3100, University of Colorado Denver Page 3 Topics-Race #1 Race Differences in Selected Family Measures, 2015 white black Women, Age 15+, Married, Sp. Pres. (%) Women, Age 40-44, Never Married (%) Mother-Only Family with Children (% of all fams with children) Births Per 1000 Women, Aged 15-44 Births to Unmarried Women (% of all) 0 20 40 60 80 ECON3100, University of Colorado Denver Page 4 Topics Race #2: Race Differences in Selected Economic Outcomes, 2015/2016 (U Rate) white black Women, Age 25-54, In Labor Force (%) Men, Age 25-54, In Labor Force (%) Unemp. Rate, All (%) Unemp. Rate, Age 16-19 (%) Poverty Rate (%) 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% ECON3100, University of Colorado Denver Page 5 An Example of the Economic Approach: Fertility Fertility in US fell 50% from baby boom (1955-64) to mid-70s and has stayed roughly there since then. Declining throughout most of the world – Europe (esp Southern), India, China. Why? Puzzle: on the whole, families are richer. Why is family size falling? Possible: ▯ Children are INFERIOR GOODS ▯ Tastes/Prefs: Adults today don’t like children as much as in past ▯ Prices: Children became more expensive. What does that mean? ECON3100, University of Colorado Denver Page 6 Details: “Demand for Children” – Utility Max ▯ Parents “demand” (& produce) children to maximize utility (& possibly as productive asset and/or age-old support) ▯ Utility from children in 2 forms – quantity (fertility) and “quality.” Quality = resources per child. ▯ “Price” of children has increased substantially. o Children are a household-produced commodity; major input is parental time (traditionally, mother’s). o As women’s wages ↑ over time, cost (= price) of children ↑. Opportunity Cost ▯ Price of QUANTITY of children plausibly ↑ more than price of QUALITY (more time intensive--details later). As P↑, many families shifted from high quantity/low-medium quality to lower quantity/higher quality fertility regime. ▯ Result - Lower fertility (smaller families) with more spending per child. ECON3100, University of Colorado Denver Page 7 Wednesday’s Class Read Chapter 1 & most of 2; review supply/demand (Ch 2) as necessary Class Notes on Canvas Student Info Form ECON3100, University of Colorado Denver Page 8


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