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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 1 7. Changing Women’s Roles and Marriage Ronald Lee Econ/Demog 175 February 9, 2010
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 2 If you lose clickers or anything else, also note the following: (The Haas) Lost and Found is located in the Mail Room (S545), on the fifth floor of the Student Services Building. You may also contact Lost and Found by calling 643-0576.
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 3 Office hours and sections OH for this week and next week are posted on bSpace. Sections are in the computer lab: see bSpace for time and locations.
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 4 February 19 Deadline for drops/adds and grading option! Make sure that you are enrolled now. If you are not, do so via Tele-BEARS by Friday February 19 th . If you do not plan to take the class, make you drop it. Verify your enrollment and grading option for all your courses. questions about this deadline go to the Office of Undergraduate Advising in 113 Campbell Hall or call 642-1483.
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 5 Reading for Thursday, pp.199-214 in your Reader Gary Becker, "The Demand for Children," Chapter 5 of A Treatise On The Family , Harvard University Press (1991) pp.135- 144, 151-154.
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 6 Plan for lecture Background on family change Theory of marriage Theory of divorce Cohabitation
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 7 Background: basic trends
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 8 Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2007, n.2
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 9 Brien and Sheran, in reader.
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 10 Median age at first marriage by sex. Brien and Sheran, Fig 2.2, in reader . 2006: M 27.5 F 25.9
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 11 Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2007, n.2
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 12 “THE AMERICAN FAMILY AND FAMILY ECONOMICS” Shelly Lundberg Robert A. Pollak, NBER Working Paper 12908. Feb ’07.
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 13 Economics of Marriage and Divorce This part of the lecture draws heavily on the articles in the reader by Brien/Sheran and by Lehrer The basic theory presented here is originally due to Gary Becker. The concept of “gains to marriage” was explained in an earlier lecture, but will be covered again here in more detail. Similar analysis could be applied to same-sex marriage or partner choice.
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 14 Caution! We are talking about theories, which may or may not be right for some cases in some periods. Do not take any of what follows as any kind of a guide to how you should choose a mate or make decisions in your life. You may get some interesting ideas from these readings and lectures.
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 15 The Gains to Marriage Gain to marriage = combined utility of married couple – the sum of their utilities when single. Concept due to Becker, discussed a couple of weeks ago in
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