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date: 15 June 2021

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The transformation of women’s lives in the past century is among the most significant and far-reaching social and economic phenomena, affecting not only women but also their partners and children. In developed and developing countries alike, women are acquiring more education, marrying later, having fewer children, and spending a far greater fraction of their adult lives in the labor force. This Handbook provides the first comprehensive collection of essays that addresses these issues, using the powerful framework of economics. The Introduction offers an overview of the field. It outlines its intellectual foundations and then reviews the many ways in which research into women’s issues expanded and strengthened research methods and practices throughout economics. It then provides an overview of the thirty-one chapters in the Handbook. It concludes with thoughts about the strengths and weaknesses of the existing literature and about the further development of the field.

Keywords: women, marriage, labor supply, fertility, gender wage gap, household production

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