Chair of Public Finance

    Seminar Public Finance (Master)

    Public Finance Seminar summer term 2023

    Seminar SS2023: Economics of Women‘s Rights

    1. Introduction and Overview

    Tertilt, M. et al. (2022): The Economics of Woman’s Rights, CEPR DP 17637

    Doepke, M., M. Tertilt, and A. Voena (2012): The Economics and Politics of Women’s Rights, Annual Review of Economics 4(1), 339–372.

    1. Economic Analysis of the Pill  and Abortion

    Goldin, C. and L.F. Katz (2002): The Power of the Pill: Oral Contraceptives and

    Women’s Career and Marriage Decisions, Journal of Political Economy, 110(4), 730–770.

    Bailey, M.J. (2006): More Power to the Pill: The Impact of Contraceptive Freedom on Women’s Life Cycle Labor Supply, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 121(1), 289–320.

    Fernandez-Villaverde, J., J. Greenwood, and N. Guner (2014): From Shame to Game in One Hundred Years: An Economic Model of the Rise in Premarital Sex and its De-Stigmatization, Journal of the European Economic Association, 12(1), 25–61.

    Myers, C. K. (2017): The Power of Abortion Policy: Reexamining the Effects of Young Women’s Access to Reproductive Control, Journal of Political Economy 125(6), 2178–2224.

    1. The Gender Wage Gap: Origins and Development

    Blau, F.D. and L.M. Kahn (2017): The Gender Wage Gap: Extent, Trends, and Explanations, Journal of Economic Literature 55(3), 789–865.

    Olivetti, C. and B. Petrongolo (2016): The Evolution of Gender Gaps in Industrialized Countries, Annual Review of Economics 8, 405–434.

    Goldin, C., L.F. Katz and I. Kuziemko (2006): The Homecoming of American College Women: The Reversal of the College Gender Gap, Journal of Economic Perspectives 20(4), 133–156.

    Aizer, A. (2010): The Gender Wage Gap and Domestic Violence, American Economic Review 100(4), 1847–59.

    1. Women and Economic Development

    Duflo, E. (2012): Women Empowerment and Economic Development, Journal of Economic Literature 50(4), 1051–79.

    Fernandez, R. (2014): Women’s Rights and Development, Journal of Economic Growth 19(1), 37–80.

    Tertilt, M. (2006): Polygyny, Women’s Rights, and Development, Journal of the European Economic Association 4(2-3), 523–530.

    Doepke, M. and M. Tertilt (2019): Does Female Empowerment Promote Economic Development? Journal of Economic Growth 24(4), 309–343.

    1. Women and the Financial Market

    Hazan, M., D. Weiss and H. Zoabi (2019): Women’s Liberation as a Financial

    Innovation, Journal of Finance 74(6), 2915–2956.

    1. Economic Analysis of Gender Roles

    Alesina, A., P. Giuliano and N. Nunn (2013): On the Origins of Gender Roles: Women and the Plough, Quarterly Journal of Economics 128(2), 469–530.

    Doepke, M. and M. Tertilt (2009): Women’s Liberation: What’s in It for Men? Quarterly Journal of Economics 124(4), 1541–1591.

    1. The Impact of Divorce Laws

    Voena, A. (2015): Yours, Mine, and Ours: Do Divorce Laws Affect the Intertemporal Behavior of Married Couples? American Economic Review 105(8), 2295–2332.

    General Organisation and Grading

    Topics are chosen by students who have enrolled in the seminar (via FLIP already in November/December 2021). Depending on the topic students are assigned to a specific advisor who helps to develop and prepare the thesis (25-30 pages). The thesis can be written in German, but its presentation must be in English. The final grade depends on the written thesis and its presentation (50/50). Students who have finally accepted a topic, but do not submit a thesis without a specific excuse have failed the seminar.     

    Time table

    • Mid January: Topics are assigned to enrolled students (Enrollment via FLIP)
    • March 1st: Final acceptance by students
    • April 1st: First meetings with advisor
    • May 1st: Midterm meetings with advisor
    • June 1st: Submission of seminar thesis
    • Mid June: Seminar with presentation of thesis

    The seminar thesis is typically prepared with Word. We encourage to use the following format 

    Formatvorlage Word

    Students, who prepare a more formal oriented thesis may benefit from using LaTeX. In this case we encourage you to use the following format:

    Formatvorlage LaTeX

    These formats also include some guidelines for citation and the reference list. Of course, one could also apply alternative rules of citation, which are listed in the respective literature, i.e.

    Manuel R. Theisen (2000): Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten, 10. Aufl., München.

    In case you need to prepare graphics, we suggest to use Corel Draw or Micrografx Designer which can be downloaded free of charge here. You only need your s-number.  


    You need to submit two printed and bounded versions of your seminar thesis together with a file on an electric storage medium at the office of the chair.