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PhD Course: Gender Economics

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Prof. Dr. Silke Übelmesser
Tue., 15 Oct 2013
Fri., 25 Oct 2013
Fri., 8 Nov 2013
(with breaks)
Bachstraße 18k (east wing)
Room 102

Details can you also find >here<.


The examination will consist of two parts:

  1. a 15-20-minute presentation (in groups of two)

  2. a Term paper (in groups of two)

Both parts have to be passed.


This course aims at analyzing a selection of economic questions related to gender differences.

One main topic  will be the gender gap in the labor market (wages, labor market participation,…), possible explanations and policy conclusions.

Another focus will be on gender and the household (formation), in particular the power distribution / bargaining within the household and the effects on migration and human capital decisions.


References will be announced in class.

Graduate Programm

For futher information about the graduate program:


Part I

Chapter 1


Abraham, M., K. Auspurg and T. Hinz (2010): Migration Decisions Within Dual-Earner Partnerships: A Test of Bargaining Theory, Journal of Marriage and Family 72, 876-892. 

Berg, G. van den and M. Tertilt (in progress): Domestic Violence over the Business Cycle,

Bertrand, M. (2011): New Perspectives on Gender, Handbook of Labor Economics, Vol. 4b (Chap. 17), 1543-1590.

Bruze, G. (2010): Marriage Choices of Movie Stars: Does Spouses' Education Matter?, Journal of Human Capital 5, 1-28.

Compton, J. and R. A. Pollak (2007): Why Are Power Couples Increasingly Concentrated in Large Metropolitan Areas?, Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 25, 475 - 512. 

Costa, D. L. and M. E. Kahn (2000): Power Couples: Changes in the Locational Choice of the College Educated, 1940 - 1990, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1287-1315.

Gemici, A. (2011): Family Migration and Labor Market Outcomes, mimeo. 

Goldin, C. (2006): The Quiet Revolution That Transformed Women's Employment, Education, and Family, American Economic Review 96(2), 1-21.

Greenwood, J., N. Guner, G. Kocharkov and C. Santos (2012): Technology and the Changing Family: A Unified Model of Marriage, Divorce, Educational Attainment and Married Female Labor-Force Participation, NBER Working Paper No. 17735.

Kaufmann, K. M., M. Messner and A. Solis (2013): Returns to Elite Higher Education in the Marriage Market: Evidence from Chile, Mimeo. 

Konrad, K. A. and K. E. Lommerud (2000): The Bargaining Family Revisited, Canadian Journal of Economics 33, 471-487.

Lundberg, S. and R. A. Pollak (1993): Seperate Spheres Bargaining and the Marriage Market, Journal of Political Economy 101, 988-1010. 

Lundberg, S. and R. A. Pollak (1996): Bargaining and Distribution in Marriage, The Journal of Economic Perspectives 10, 139-158.

Lundberg, S. and R. A. Pollak (2001): Efficiency in Marriage, Review of Economics of the Household 1, 153-167. 

Mincer, J. (1978): Family Migration Decisions, Journal of Political Economy 86, 749-773.

Pingle, J. F. (2006): The Relocation Decisions of Working Couples, Finance and Economics Discussion Series Federal Reserve Board, Washington D.C., 2006-33.

Rahim, F. and J. Tavares (2012): Gender Discrimination: The Role of Males and Per Capita Income, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 9045.

Smits, J., C. H. Mulder and P. Hooimeijer (2003): Changing Gender Roles, Shifting Power Balance and Long-distance Migration of Couples, Urban Studies 40, 603-613.

Smits, J., C. H. Mulder and P. Hooimeijer (2004): Migration of Couples with Non-Employed Wives in the Netherlands: The Changing Effects of the Partners' Characteristics, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 30, 283-301.

Tampieri, A. (2011): Meeting at School. Assortative Matching in Partnership and Over-Education, Quaderni - Working Paper DSE No 726.

Part II

Chapter II


Ahern, K. R. and A. K. Dittmar (2012): The Changing of the Boards: The Impact on Firm Valuation of Mandated Female Board Representation, The Quarterly Journal of Economics 127, 137-197.

Anderberg, D. and H. Reiner (2013): Economic Abuse: A Theory of Intrahousehold Sabotage, Journal of Public Economics 97, 282-295.

Baltrunaite, A., P. Bello, A. Casarico and P. Profeta (2012): Gender Quotas and the Quality of Politicans, CESifo Working Paper No. 3734.

Bertrand, M., J. Pan and E. Kamenica (2013): Gender Identity and Relative Income within Households, NBER Working Paper No. 19023.

Bertrand, M. (2010): New Perspectives on Gender, in: O. Ashenfelter and D. Card (Hrsg.), Handbook of Labor Economics 4 Part B, 2010, 1545-1592.

Bertrand, M., C. Goldin and L. F. Katz (2010): Dynamics of the Gender Gap four Young Professionals in the Financial and Corporate Sectors, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 2, 228-55.

Bertrand, M., D. Chugh and S. Mullainathan (2005): Implicit Discrimination, The American Economic Review (Papers and Proceederings) 95, 94-98.

Besley, T., O. Folke, T. Persson and J. Rickne (2012): Gender Quotas and the Crises of the Mediocre Man: Theory and Evidence from Sweden, mimeo.

Campa, P., A. Casarico and P. Profeta (2011): Gender Culture and Gender Gap in Employment, CESifo Economic Studies 57, 156-182.

CESifo DICE Report (2013): The Gender Wage Gap in ECD Countries, 2013/41, 69-71.

Croson, R. and U. Gneezy (2009): Gender Differences in Preferences, Journal of Economic Literature 47, 1-27.

Fernández, R. and A, Fogli (2009): Cluture: An Empirical Investigation of Beliefs, Work, and Fertility, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics 1, 146-177.

Fernández, R. (2007): Woman, Work and Cuture, Journal of the European Economic Association 5, 305-332.

Fortin, N. (2005): Gender Role Attitudes and the Labour Market Outcomes of Women Across OECD Countries, Oxford Review of Economic Policy 21, 416-438.

Goldin, C. and C. Rouse (2000): Orchestrating Impartiality: The Impact of 'Blind' Auditions on Female Musicans, American Economic Review 90, 715-741.

Goldin, C., L. F. Katz and I. Kuziemko (2006): The Homecoming of American College Woman: The Reversal of the College Gender Gap,  Journal of Economic Perspectives 20(4), 133-156.

Hoogendoorn, S., H. Oosterbeek and M. van Praag (2013): The Impact of Gender Diversity on the Performance of Business Teams: Evidence from a Field Experiment, Management Science forthcoming. 

ifo Schnelldienst (2013): Berufschancen für Frauen, Lohnlücke: Ist die 'gläserne Decke' noch Realität oder schon Vergangenheit?, 7/2013, 3-11.

Kunze, A. (2005): The Evolution of the Gender Wage Gap, Labour Economics 12, 73-97.

Manning, A. and J. Swaffield (2008): The Gender Gap in Early-Career Wage Growth, The Economic Journal 118, 983-1024.

Matsa, D. A. and A. R. Miller (2013): A Female Style in Corporate Leadership? Evidence from Quotas, American Economic Review: Applied Economics 5, 136-169.

Olivetti, C. and B. Petrongolo (2008): Unequal Pay or Unequal Employment? A Cross-Country Analysis of the Gender Gaps, Journal of Labor Economics 26, 621-654.