The Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance (LAEF) will sponsor a conference entitled "Households, Gender and Fertility; Macroeconomic Perspectives" May 3-5, 2007, in the State Street Room on the UCSB campus. Stefania Albanesi of Columbia University is the academic coordinator of the event.

     The conference is designed to provide a forum for researchers doing applied and theoretical work on households, gender and fertility from a macroeconomic perspective. Research that has incorporated these elements in general equilibrium models has shown that they can have potentially large effects on aggregate economic outcomes. Examples of the questions investigated in this growing literature are: the effect of cultural attitudes and geography on female labor force participation; the determinants of international fertility differences; the macroeconomic consequences of progress in medical technologies related to motherhood and in contraceptive technologies; the effect of divorce laws on household bargaining; the link between education, fertility and women's wages; the effect of labor market policies, wealth and marriage on labor supply by gender; and the link between women's rights and economic development. 

      Conference participants will include economists from across the U.S., Canada and Israel, as well as UCSB professors and graduate students. Twelve papers will be presented. 

The conference will begin with a kick-off dinner on Thursday, May 3, 2007, with two full days of presentations to follow. A complete schedule of events will be posted on the "Agenda" link.