Shoshana Grossbard | Economics of the Family and the Household

Research Themes

Some propositions I have developed and tested

Proposition: Women are more likely to have a child out of marriage (couple) if laws make it less beneficial to be a married (coupled) vs an unmarried (uncoupled) mother  (does not follow from other household economics models assuming couples make fertility decisions)

              **tested in the context of 19th Century US
              ** tested in the context of 17 different legal regimes; contemporary Western world
              ** tested in the context of states in the USA, recent data, Common Law Marriage

Proposition: women are more likely to be active in the labor force if they face lower sex ratios

              ** tested in the context of the USA, by cohort or across cities

proposition: spouses doing the caring work (work-in-household production; WIHO)possibly get paid for it

tested in the context of individual US data :        
               **   Time in household production and Racial Intermarriage (published as Shoshana Grossbard, Jose Ignacio Gimenez and Jose Alberto Molina. "Racial Intermarriage and Household Production", Review of Behavioral Economics, 1(4):295-347, 2014.)
               ** Shoshana Grossbard and Victoria Vernon. "Common Law Marriage and Male/Female Convergence in Labor Supply and Time Use", Research in Labor Economics, Vol. 41 on Gender Convergence in the Labor Market, pp. 143-175, 2015.