Faculty Colloquium: Tabitha Knight

Please join us Friday, April 6th, at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for our eighth Faculty Colloquium of this semester.

Presenter: Tabitha Knight, Assistant Professor of Economics

Title: “Gender and Public Spending: A Conceptual Model of Employment, an Empirical Application, and Paths for Future Work”
Tabitha Knight
Abstract: Women and men face largely differing opportunities and constraints in society, especially as they relate to the fundamental notion of one’s livelihood. With a focus on the distinct roles, options, and limitations women and men are faced with in today’s society, I explore a conceptual model of employment incorporating both supply and demand-side factors, apply the main tenets to U.S. data, and provide paths for future work incorporating gender dynamics into discussions of the impacts of public policy options on women’s and men’s employment. The focus of this paper is on public spending on healthcare and education in particular as such spending is likely to affect both women’s and men’s employment outcomes and opportunities though the magnitudes of the effects may differ strongly by gender due to social norms and occupational segregation.

Students are welcome and coffee and treats will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

Ellen Eisenberg and Bill Kelm
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators