Jan 8, 2015
Shoshana Grossbard is Professor of
Economics at San Diego State University and founding editor of the
Review of Economics of the Household.
Shoshana obtained her Phd from the University of Chicago where
she developed an interest in the New Home Economics from its
founders, the late Nobel Laureate Gary Becker and the late Jacob
Mincer. The main focus of Shoshana’s research is household
economics, family economics and the economics of
Shoshana has published 5 books and more than 50 articles on
the determinants of marriage, consumption and labor supply and on
the law and economics of household decisions. She is fluent in
English, French, Hebrew, Spanish, and Dutch and has presented her
work at many universities in more than 13 countries.
this interview, Shoshana mentions and discusses: household
economics, family economics, economics of the household, household
decision-making, sex-ratios, the economic and social impact of
polygamy, determinants of marriage, opportunity cost, consumption
and labor supply, immigration, population, marriage, price
discrimination, government intervention and elasticity.
Shoshana being a 1970s hippie and her demonstrations against King
Constantine of Greece.
the differences in female educational participation between the
1960s and present day.
the sexist advertisements that existed which placed the wife in the
the origins of the New Home Economics.
Shoshana transitioned herself from an interest in the economics of
education to the economics of polygamy while a student of Gary
there is an opportunity cost to marriage.
implication on labor force participation as a result of
the importance of the sex-ratio in determining labor force
women's participation in the labor force can be a direct result of
fluctuations in the sex-ratio.
Hilary Clinton's year of birth allowed her to be the successful and
educated person she is today due to the low sex ratio in the US
between 1946 and 1950.
the marriage-squeeze hypothesis (in which there is a shortage of
men or women for marriage).
polygamy can be harmful for young men and why they are known as the
the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints in British
pays more for dry-cleaning services - males or females - based on
their elasticity of demand.
- if we
should trust our spouse given the ideology behind economics that
all market participants are self-interested and seek to gain wealth
without any consideration of others.
spousal love diminishes once you have children and that the love
you have toward your child compensates for the lack of love from
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