Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Gender and Economics

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Centre for Labour Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is an introductory exploration into the study of economics and problems of social concern from a gendered perspective. It offers students basic concepts in economics but analyses the impact these can have on decisions taken by both women and men.

The study-unit covers basic economic concepts such as opportunity cost, scarcity of resources, marginality and optimization. Drawing from Micro Economics, the course covers the theory of demand, the theory of supply and a flavor of Labour Market economics, employment and unemployment. In the field of Marco Economics, the course covers notions like the circular flow of income, multiplier effect, GDP and trade. It also reviews government’s role in policy including an overview of structural reforms undertaken as they impact women and men. Each topic will include a number of related case studies, including examples from the gender issues context.

Study-Unit Aims:

The course aims to introduce students to basic concepts in both microeconomics and macroeconomics. The course is suitable for all students including those with no prior knowledge of economics.

The aim of this study-unit is to make students aware of:
- How a modern economy works;
- Gender differences which may impact diverse economic outcomes;
- The role gender has played in economic decisions in the past and the changes occurring in recent decades;
- Economic policies to mitigate gender differences.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- explain the scarcity and allocation of resources in an economy;
- relate to basic micro economic theories like theory of demand and supply,
- understand the basic functions of the labour market;
- identify different market structures and the demand/supply equilibrium in a competitive market;
- describe the circular flow of income and the role of households in an economy;
- understand the role of government in an economy.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- apply economic theories to discuss the role of gender in the economy;
- interpret published economic data;
- judge the impact of economic policies on gender issues.

Main Text/s:

- Case, Fair & Oster, (2014) Principles of Economics, 11th Edition. Pearson Education, Limited.
- Sloman, J. & Garratt, D., (2016) Essentials of Economics, 7th Edition. Pearson Education Limited.
- Briguglio, L. (2011) Macroeconomics and the Maltese Economy, Malta, BDL Publishing.

Additional reading material and references:
• Addabbo, T. and Favaro, D. (2011). Gender wage differentials by education in Italy. Journal of Applied Economics, Volume 43, 2011.
• Donna, Ginther. and Shulamit, K. (2004). Women in Economics: Moving Up or Falling Off the Academic Career Ladder? The Journal of Economic Perspectives, (Summer 2004): 193-214.
• Economic Survey and Economic Bulletin, Economic Policy Department, Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Investment.
• European Institute for Gender Equality. (2015). Gender Equality Index 2015 - Measuring gender equality in the European Union 2005-2012: Report.
• European Institute for Gender Equality. Gender Equality Index 2015: Malta.
• Klasen, S. and Lamanna, F. (2009). The impact of Gender Inequality in Education and Employment on Economic Growth: New Evidence for a panel of Countries. Feminist Economics, July 2009, 91-132.
• Lo, Chu-Ping. and Tashiro, S. (2012). Are women more generous than men? Evidence from the US Consumer Expenditure Survey. Journal of Gender Studies, Volume 22, 2013 – Issue 3.
• Quarterly Review and Annual Report , Central Bank of Malta.
• Statistical News Releases, National Statistics Office, Malta.
• The Economist.
• World Economic Forum. The Global Gender Gap Index 2015.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 50%
Multiple Choice Questions Examination (1 Hour) Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Marie Briguglio
Gilmour Camilleri
Melchior Vella

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