Women have been largely absent as the subject of economic study. Gender and Economics redresses this imbalance with a user-friendly introduction to gender studies in economics. The contributors offer comprehensive coverage of the economic condition of women throughout Europe, examining policies aimed at improving the relative economic situation of women, such as affirmative action, equal opportunity and comparable worth. Giving a unique balance of theoretical and empirical data, it considers the economic theory of gender and economics, the different positions of women in the economy, their earning power, the division of labor within the family, as well as other gender issues. Gender and Economics will be of great use to students of labor economics, and will also provide a wider view for all students of micro- and macro-economics.