Essays in gender economics

Jay Euijung Lee
This thesis investigates how gender norms limit women’s opportunities or hinder their performance, using a combination of macro and micro approaches. The first chapter quantifies the cost for aggregate economic output of conservative norms, which glue married women to the home. I develop a model of education, marriage, and labor force participation. I use the model and U.S. census data from 1940 to 2010 to estimate the homemaker norms wedge, which affects how married women...
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