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Economics of family structure explored in lecture

March 7, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- The impact of family structure on the labor market will be explored by the final speaker in Western Michigan University's Werner Sichel Lecture Seminar Series on "The Economics of Work and Family" Wednesday, March 21.

Dr. Joyce P. Jacobsen, professor of economics of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., will address "How Family Structure Affects Labor Market Outcomes" at 3 p.m. in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The author of the book "Economics and Gender," Jacobsen is an expert on the female labor supply and the causes and consequences of gender and racial differences in employment and earning patterns. Among her published works are articles that examine whether men whose wives work earn less, marriage and migration, the glass ceiling, and the effect that having twins has on a woman's earning potential.

Jacobsen earned a doctorate in economics from Stanford University, a master's degree in economics from the London School of Economics and a bachelor's degree from Harvard/Radcliffe College. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Working Group on Social Indicators of Women's Status at the Institute for Women's Policy Research. She also has served on the board of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession and the editorial board of the journal Social Science Quarterly. Prior to her appointment at Wesleyan, she was an assistant professor of economics and business administration at Rhodes College.

Her presentation is sponsored by the WMU Department of Economics and the College of Arts and Sciences with the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Co-directing the series are Dr. Emily P. Hoffman, WMU professor of economics, and Dr. Jean Kimmel, senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

For more information, contact Hoffman at (616) 387-5546 or <emily.hoffman@wmich.edu>; or Kimmel at (616) 385-0435 or <kimmel@we.upjohninst.org>; or call the WMU Department of Economics at (616) 387-5535.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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