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date: 24 May 2019

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This chapter first outlines the feminist economics intellectual project. While feminist economics has its roots in nineteenth-century political economy, it has undergone most of its development within the past quarter century. The chapter explains the application of feminist principles to two standard labor economics topics: labor supply and earnings, and the more specifically feminist topic of provision of caring labor. The differences between standard neoclassical theory and predictions, and feminist economic theory and predictions, are outlined in each section. The chapter closes with some feminist perspectives on economic empiricism and the methodological underpinnings of empirical work in labor economics.

Keywords: caring labor, discrimination, female labor supply, feminist economics, gender earnings differential

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