Gender and Development

Campus de Paris
Semestre : Autumn
Nombre de séances : 12 Nombre d'heures : 24
d'enseignement :
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Méthode pédagogique :
enseignement électif
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Course Description

In this course, we will use economic concepts and models to study differences and similarities between men and women: in health, education and labor market among other things. We will cover the following topics over 12 lectures: 1. Gender equality and development- why do we care, 2. Taking stock of the current situation- Missing Women, 3. Health outcomes, 4. Educational attainment, 5. Labor force participation- Employment, 6. Labor force participation - Gender Wage gap, 7. Family Structure and Marriage Market, 8. Gender and Economic Growth 9. Public Policy.

Pedagogical format

I will try to make the course as interactive as possible and leave time for discussion.

Course validation

The final grade is composed of four evaluations: 40% grade based on final exam, 20% based on a take home assignment (in the middle of the term). 30% grade based on a presentation in of 15 minutes 10% for participation


A couple of hours for written assignment and an hour a week for reading the material. Plus extra time to prepare for the final exam.

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Lectures principales demandées :

Required reading

  • World Bank, Gender Equality and Development, World development report 2012. Downloadable here: (Part I. Chap 2, Part 2 Chap 3 and 5, Part 3 Chap 8). You will not need to read the entire chapter, I will specify the sub sections to be read in class.
  • Sen, Amartya. "More than 100 million women are missing." The New York Review of Books 37 (1990).
  • Blau F., M. Ferber and A. Winkler, The Economics of Women, Men, and Work (chap3, chap 4 and chap 6 p.155-180)

Additional required reading

  • Some readings discussed in class are listed below. They are slightly technical but we will concentrate more on the intuition behind the hypothesis and focus on the results
  • Duflo, E. (2012). Women Empowerment and Economic Development. Journal of Economic Literature, 50(4), 1051-1079.
  • Klasen, S.,and Lamanna, F. (2009). The impact of gender inequality in education and employment on economic growth: new evidence for a panel of countries. Feminist Economics, 15(3), 91-132.
  • Rose, E. "Consumption Smoothing and Excess Female Mortality in Rural India." Review of Economics and Statistics 81, no. 1 (1999): 41-49.

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Sharing or not sharing? Intrafamily resources and gender inequalities 12-05-2017 (09:30 - 12:30)


“Sharing or not sharing? Intrafamily resources and gender inequalities”

Friday May 12
OFCE, 10 place de Catalogne 75014 Paris