women and the economy

1. What is an intertemporal commitment mechanism and why does it matter?

2. Two groups in the U.S. have had particularly sharp declines in marriage. Identify them and discuss the possible underlying causes and evidence, as appropriate.

3. The analyses of fertility in Ch 5 and labor force participation (Ch 7) fit together in that both involve women’s time use decisions and changes in the price of time. Present a discussion that links together the pieces of the two chapters in a way that emphasizes the parallel effects.