Economist Claudia Goldin to Discuss Career and Family in Social Science Matters Lecture

Claudia Goldin
Claudia Goldin

Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University and director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Development of the American Economy program, will speak on “Career and Family: Collision or Confluence?” on Monday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Room, Campus Center.

The talks, part of the next Social Science Matters lecture series sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, will discuss what happens when birthrates rise and more women college graduates further their careers. She’ll pose the question, “Is it a collision course, or a successful confluence of desires?”

Goldin is an economic historian and a labor economist. Her research has covered a wide array of topics, including slavery, the economic impact of war, the female labor force, immigration, New Deal policies, income inequality, technological change, education, and the gender gap in pay.

Most of her research interprets the present through the lens of the past and explores the origins of current issues of concern. In the past several years her work has focused on college women’s achievement of career and family. Her most recent project concerns the increase of women’s employment in their mature and older years.

Goldin is best known for her historical work on women in the U.S. economy. Her most recent papers in that area have concerned the history of women’s quest for career and family, coeducation in higher education, the impact of the “pill” on women’s career and marriage decisions, women’s surnames after marriage as a social indicator, and the reasons why women are now the majority of undergraduates. She is completing a wide-ranging project on the family and career transitions of male and female college graduates from the late 1960s to the present.