Chapter 16: Government Policies Affecting Family Well-Being
1) In your opinion what should be the goals of a welfare program? Make a list of goals, and
briefly describe each goal.
2) The following statement appears on page 499 of our textbook: Despite the
Chapter 13: Evidence on the Sources of Gender Differences in Earnings and Occupations
1) Our textbook cites a study that used statistical analysis to estimate how various
explanatory variables contributed to the gender wage differential. This study is
Chapter 1: Introduction
1) Have you completed a course in economics? How would you define the field
2) Have you completed a university level course in microeconomics? What
about macroeconomics? What is the difference between microeconomics a
Chapter 8: Labor Demand Elasticities
1) Suppose that the wage for plumbers increases from $80 per hour to $84 per
hour. As a result of the wage increase the quantity demanded for plumbers
decreases from 1 million hours to 980,000 hours. Given these figure
Chapter 3: Views of Inequality and Poverty
1) Why is it so hard for our society to reach a consensus about programs and policies to help
poor people? What factors affect our opinions and viewpoints about these programs and
2) Considering all sid
Chapter 6: Overview of the Labor Market
1) This chapter begins with the following sentence: Every society regardless
of its wealth, its form of government, or the organization of its economy
must make basic decisions.
a) What are these basic decisions?
Chapter 7: The Demand for Labor
1) The following sentence appears on the bottom of the first page of this
chapter: To a great extent, how one feels about many labor market
regulatory programs is a function of ones beliefs about labor demand
Chapter 10: Evidence on Gender Differences in Labor Market Outcomes
1) This chapter presents a great deal of information on gender differences in
occupations. Based on this information answer the following two questions.
a) In your opinion what do you bel
Chapter 19: Inequality in Earnings
1) This chapter presents various methods for measuring earnings inequality.
a) Describe and explain the various methods for measuring inequality.
b) Answer problem 2 on page 619 of our textbook.
c) Answer problem 3 on pa
Chapter 11: Gender Differences in Educational Attainment: Theory and Evidence
1) Consider the concepts of societal discrimination and labor market discrimination.
Answer the following four questions.
a) What is societal discrimination?
b) Describe how eco
Chapter 12: Other Supply-Side Sources of Gender Differences in Labor Market Outcomes:
On-the-Job Training, Family Gaps, Psychological Attributes and Math Test Scores
1) Consider the concepts of general training and firm-specific training. Answer the
Chapter 14: Labor Market Discrimination: Theory
1) Gary Becker, a recipient of the Nobel Prize in economics, created a theory of
discrimination. The graph below may be used to illustrate Beckers theory.
Suppose that the labor force can be divided into two
Chapter 18: Worker Mobility: Migration, Immigration, and Turnover
1) The human-capital model was applied in a previous chapter to explain decisions about
education and training. This model can also be applied to study worker mobility and
Chapter 17: Immigration
1) Recall your own family history and the first members of your family to immigrate to the
U.S. Were these family members recent immigrants or did they immigrate many years
ago? What do you believe are the reasons why these family
Chapter 4: Counting the Poor
1) What does it mean to be poor? Put aside for the moment the government
measurement of poverty, how would you personally define what it means to
2) Make a list of what you consider to be basic necessities for a minim