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Rachel Connelly

Bion R. Cram Professor of Economics

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Hubbard Hall - 111

Teaching this semester

ECON 1101. Principles of Microeconomics

Rachel Connelly
An introduction to economic analysis and institutions, with special emphasis on the allocation of resources through markets. The theory of demand, supply, cost, and market structure is developed and then applied to problems in antitrust policy, environmental quality, energy, education, health, the role of the corporation in society, income distribution, and poverty. Students desiring a comprehensive introduction to economic reasoning should take both Economics 1101 and 1102 . For proper placement students should fill out the economics placement request form and must be recommended for placement in Economics 1101. Not open to students who have taken Economics 1050.

ECON 3531 / GSWS 3302. The Economics of the Family

Rachel Connelly
Seminar. Microeconomic analysis of the family, gender roles, and related institutions. Topics include marriage, fertility, married women’s labor supply, divorce, and the family as an economic organization.

Rachel Connelly

Rachel Connelly started teaching at Bowdoin in 1985, after completing her Ph.D. in Economics for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Since then she has also held positions of NSF/ASA Fellow at the U.S. Census Bureau, 1988-89, and Visiting Professor at People's University, Beijing PRC, Fall 1991-Fall 1992 and Peking University, Institute for Population Research, Spring 1991, and Fall 1998 through Fall 1999.

Connelly's area of research is at the intersection of demographics and labor markets. She has published articles on the effect of broad demographic trends on the labor market decisions and on the economics of child care. Her research on child care considers both sides of the market -- the demand for child care on the part of families with young children, the labor supply of child care workers, employers use of child care as an employment benefit, and parental child caregiving time. Her most current research on child care, joint with Jean Kimmel, looks at the caregiving time of parents using the American Time Use Survey (ATUS).  Recent articles on times use by Connelly and Kimmel have been published in the Journal of Human Resources, Review of Economics of the Household and Eastern Economics Review.  In addition, Connelly and Kimmel have written a monograph, Time Use of Mothers in the United States at the Turn of the 21st Century, published by W. E. Upjohn Press.

Time Use CoverIn addition to the study of child care, Connelly conducts research on issues related to women's status, education, and migration in rural China.  Her articles on China appear in The China Journal, Economics of Education Review, Feminist Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and The Journal of Contemporary China, among others. 

Over the years her research has been funded with grants from among others: NSF, ILO, W.E. Upjohn Institute, the Joint Center for Poverty Research, the Ford Foundation, and the Sage/Rockefeller Committee on the Future of Work Connelly is currently a Research Fellow at the IZA, the Institute for the Study of Labor, in Bonn, Germany.

from left to right are: Zhenming Xie, Kenneth Roberts, Rachel Connelly, BinBin Lou and Zhenzhen Zheng, all collaborators in our Chinese Rural Women Migrants project.
The picture was taken in Sichuan near one of our research sites.
Connelly Colleagues

Low-Wage America: How Employers are Reshaping Opportunity in the Workplace
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Kids at Work: The Economics of Employer Sponsored On-Site Child Care
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Southern Economic Journal
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In addition to teaching Introductory Economics, Intermediate Microeconomics, and Economic Statistics, Connelly teaches courses on "Labor Economics and Human Resources", "The Economics of the Family," "The Economics of Lifecycle" and "Applied Research Practicum: Chinese Rural to Urban Migration." The latter four courses are all cross listed with the Gender and Women's Studies Program and the last one is also cross listed with Asian Studies. At Bowdoin, Connelly has served as the Director of the Gender and Women's Studies Program, and the Chair of the Economics Department.

In 2003 Connelly and co-author Jean Kimmel received the Georgescu-Roegen Prize in Economics for the best article in the Southern Economic Journal, 2002-2003 volume (abstract). In 1986 Connelly received the Dorothy S. Thomas Award for best paper by a recent graduate student, Population Association of America.

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