Department of Economics Fall 2019 Brown Bag Series

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Date(s) - 10/21/2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Clark C307

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The Brown Bag Seminar Series offers current ECON graduate students the opportunity to present ongoing research or to workshop new ideas. The seminars are held on Mondays from 12:00-1:00pm in Clark C307 and are open to everyone.

For more information on the series or specific seminars, please contact Wisnu Nugroho at or Ashish Sedai at

October 21st’s presenter is ECON Ph.D. graduate student Sarah Small. She will be presenting her paper: “Hegemonic Masculinity and Household Bargaining: Men, Women, and Work.”

Abstract: This paper broadly considers how the macro cultural dynamics of hegemonic masculinity complicate microeconomic negotiations within households. I begin by drawing connections among established microeconomic phenomena that scholars have attributed to a defense of manhood or to gender deviance neutralization. Then, by providing a brief macro-historical overview, this paper uncovers how hegemonic masculinity has been economically and historically constructed under U.S. capitalism and explains its implications in power and patriarchy. In this section, I specifically consider how hegemonic white masculinities have influenced Black masculinities. Using this background, I then aim to understand how microeconomic negotiations within the household are shaped by hegemonic masculinity. Specifically, I aim to use PSID data to understand how Black men respond to ‘threats’ to masculinity as compared to that of white men, and ultimately how this helps explain the ‘hegemonic’ nature of hegemonic masculinity. I aim to further examine how men respond in household negotiations to other ‘threats’ to masculinity (i.e. non-conventional occupational sorting within the family, taking on public assistance).