The Park Place Economist

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Women in Law


Barb Kube '94


As mentioned earlier, the Bergmann model predicts that female and male lawyers will be segregated into different areas of practice. If this is the case, what are the forces behind this sector-specific segregation? On the supply side, Becker relies on the Neoclassical theories of utility maximization and human capital theory. These theories suggest that an increase in the store of human capital through training and education will be undertaken by the employee or provided by the employer if the benefits exceed the cost.