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Understanding the Gender Gap: an Economic History of American Women.

Understanding the Gender Gap

Understanding the Gender Gap: An Economic History of American Women, by Claudia Goldin, is available from Oxford University Press for $29.95.

Why do women earn less than men and have less opportunity for advancement, despite the fact that they have been entering the labor market in unprecedented numbers and with high skill levels? Goldin uses new data and innovative methods to show that women's economic status has evolved gradually over the last two centuries and that past conceptions of women workers are not easily discarded.

The book should be useful for economists, historians, sociologists, and lay readers who are interested in women's studies.

Goldin is associate director of the NBER's Program in Development of the American Economy. She also is a professor of economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Publication:NBER Reporter
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Date:Sep 22, 1989
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