GENDER AND SOCIETY Prof. Giulia Zacchia

The course examines issues related to the complexity of gender equality with economic lenses. Students will analyze theoretically and practically, with the real data, gender differences in:

• education
• health
• participation in labor market (activity rate)
• employment (segregation and decent work)
• income (gender wage gaps)
• representation
• time use.
Students during the course will examine the main issues related to economic, political, and social aspects of working lives, such as labor force participation, gender wage gap, work-family balance, poverty and time poverty, sexual harassment, gender equality in economic development (direction of causation), economic/health crises and gender. A part of the course is devoted to the study of gender statistics and their importance in the progress towards gender equality. Finally, a critical analysis of the economic discipline is provided looking at the absence of women in economic questions and models, masculine biases in the models, methods, topics, and pedagogy of economics and the lack of feminist principles in the discipline, such as valuing equality (vs. efficiency) caring work (vs. paid work) and inclusiveness (vs. exclusivity)