Fall 2022

Econ of Race and Gender

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-416  |  Economics, as ECON-416  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-416


Jessica Wolpaw Reyes (Section 01)


(Offered as ECON 416, BLST 416 and SWAG 416) Economics is fundamentally about both efficiency and equity.  It is about allocation, welfare, and well-being.  How, then, can we use this disciplinary perspective to understand hierarchy, power, inequity, discrimination, and injustice?  What does economics have to offer?  Applied microeconomics is a fundamentally outward-looking and interdisciplinary field that endeavors to answer this question by being both firmly grounded in economics and also deeply connected to sociology, psychology, political science, and law.  In this class, we will employ this augmented economic perspective to try to understand the hierarchies and operation of race and gender in society.  We will read theoretical and empirical work that engages with questions of personal well-being, economic achievement, and social interaction.  Students will have opportunities throughout the semester to do empirical and policy-relevant work.  Each student will build a solid foundation for the completion of an independent term paper project that engages with a specific economic question about racial or gender inequity.

Requisite: ECON 300/301 (Microeconomics) or consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Professor Reyes. 

How to handle overenrollment: Preference will be given to economics majors and to students with interests in other related disciplinary approaches to these issues. To achieve a diverse group, students may be asked to describe their academic background and interests.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Reading and engaging with academic research, writing analytical and theoretical economic papers, group work, quantitative and analytical reasoning, oral presentations.

ECON 416 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM CONV 302
Th 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM CONV 302

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
The hidden rules of race : barriers to an inclusive economy Cambridge University Press, 2017 Andrea Flynn, Dorian T. Warren, Felicia J. Wong, Susan R. Holmberg Required Amherst Books TBD
African Americans in the U.S. Economy Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005 Conrad, Cecilia et al Recommended Only Amherst Books TBD
How to Be an Antiracist One World, 2019 Kendi, Ibram X., author. Recommended Only Amherst Books TBD
Race, gender, and work : a multi-cultural economic history of women in the United States South End Press, 1999 Teresa L. Amott , Julie Matthaei Recommended Only Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2015, Fall 2022, Fall 2024