Faculty Director


Gender differences in economic outcomes such as labor force participation and wages have received growing attention from economists in the last several decades. On average, for example, men are paid more than women for the same work. While such information is important for our understanding of the economy and people’s economic lives, the role of gender in economics goes beyond these differences. The Initiative on the Study of Gender in the Economy will explore the relevance of gender in society and the economy, analyzing differences that may exist between men and women in political, economic, and social influence around the world.

Associated Scholars

Associated Working Papers

BFI Working Paper Sep 17, 2020

The Education Gradient in Maternal Enjoyment of Time in Childcare

Ariel Kalil, Susan Mayer, William Delgado, Lisa A. Gennetian
BFI Working Paper Feb 4, 2020

A Cross-Cohort Analysis of Human Capital Specialization and the College Gender Wage Gap

Carolyn Sloane, Erik Hurst, Dan Black
Topics:  Employment & Wages, Higher Education & Workforce Training
BFI Working Paper Oct 8, 2019

Age of Marriage, Weather Shocks, and the Direction of Marriage Payments

Lucia Corno, Nicole Hildebrandt, Alessandra Voena

Associated News

BFI News Apr 8, 2020

BFI Awards Nine New Grants for the Study of Gender in the Economy

The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) is pleased to announce the award of nine new grants supporting research by University of Chicago faculty and students on gender and...
Media Mention Feb 11, 2020

College Major Related to Gender Wage Gap

Inside Higher Ed; Dan Black, Erik Hurst
Topics:  Employment & Wages
Media Mention Oct 4, 2019

Women are Slowly Pursuing More High-Paying Degrees, but the Pay Gap Remains, Says New Research

CNBC Make It; Dan Black, Erik Hurst
Topics:  Employment & Wages, Higher Education & Workforce Training