Do women prefer stable jobs other than running own business?
The paper should be a complement to the lectures and the topics we see in
the lectures. Your paper cannot be about the topics that we see in class/our
lectures. It should be a research paper, so I want you to start fresh with it
– a question to which you do not know the answer. The paper should not
be descriptive, but rather have more creative content. That is, it is not an
essay. Originality counts.
In order to know which topics are not suitable as paper topic, have a look
at the Syllabus I have posted on Moodle. The syllabus lists the topics we are
going to cover, with the corresponding readings. If the topics and readings
sound like what you have in mind, it cannot be used as paper topic. Please
always agree on a topic with me before you start working on it.
Focus on a topic with gender interest that might catch your attention.
You can use data if you wish, but technical analysis is not expected. Think
about areas/topics where gender matters, even if it is not in conventional economic
situations—however, the topic should be analyzed from an economics
point of view (i.e., using economic intuition, economics tools).
A good way of thinking of potential topics is to think about real-life issues
in which you see men and women behaving differently. Why is that the case?
You are not expected to come up with a complex answer, but you should
think of potential answers. Are incentives women and men face different? If
You can discuss a certain policy introduced by a government in relation
to gender, and discuss how it could have affected women/men differently.
You can also get ideas from newspaper articles.
Your topic cannot be in the course material itself, but you are welcome to
use the concepts we use during the course in your paper. For instance, you
cannot choose the wage gender gap as a topic, but you can use the concepts
of discrimination we see in class for your topic whenever relevant.