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  • Recognized by her mentor, Gary Becker (Nobel prize 1992):
    • "You have done and are still doing important work on economic aspects of marriage and the family.” Letter from Gary Becker, 1993
    • "The myth [that my work on the family assumes an all-encompassing altruism] has been addressed by the economist Shoshana Grossbard-Shechtman and others. A major part of my book on the family are the chapters discussing the division of labour in families, and marriage in both monogamous and polygamous societies. Yet the predominant assumption in these chapters is that both husbands and wives are completely selfish, and not at all altruistic. Other chapters do highlight the role of altruism between spouses and between parents and children."Gary Becker: a letter on Family Models, in response to an article by Martha Nussbaum. Times Literary Supplement, May 29, 1998 

  • Jacob Mincer, one of her mentors: "To Shoshana, with best wishes for continuing the tradition."1993

  • M. Killingsworth and her mentor Jim Heckman (Nobel Prize 2000):"Grossbard-Shechtman (1984) [Reference: Amyra Grossbard-Shechtman, "A Theory of Allocation of Time in Markets for Labor and Marriage," Economic Journal, Vol. 94, No. 4, pp. 863-882, December 1984] adopts an individual utility function whose arguments include household time supplied by the other persons and a budget constraint specifying that expenditures on market goods produced and on time supplied by other persons may not exceed the sum of nonwage income, earnings from market work and earnings from supplying household time to other individuals. Pay for market work w and implicit prices of household time p* that the individual receives from or supplies to others are determined in labor and marriage markets, respectively; changes in exogenous factors (e.g. the relative size of the male and female population) affect marriage markets, the relative magnitudes and absolute levels of w and the p* and thus, labor supply decisions and marriage rates.”
    Source: Killingsworth Mark R. and James J. Heckman, "Female Labor Supply: A Survey" in Handbook of Labor Economics, O. Ashenfelter and R. Layard (eds), North Holland (1986).

  • Chosen to chair one of two plenary sessions at the INED conference on Economics of the Family honoring Gary Becker, October 2011
  • Prof. Grossbard performed the first economic analyses of intermarriage, including both theoretical insights based on marriage market analysis (Grossbard-Shechtman 1983Grossbard-Shechtman 1993) and an empirical application to intermarriage between Jews and Christians.

  • "Among the many students of Gary Becker, Shoshana Grossbard stands out for the volume and originality of her scientific work." 
    Deirdre McCloskey, U of Illinois at Chicago, 2010

  • "Shoshana Grossbard has been a true pathbreaker in her research" 
    Joni Hersch, Vanderbilt U, 2010

  • "Shoshana Grossbard is one of the most outstanding professors in the area of economics of the family in the world"
    Alberto Molina, U of Zaragoza, 2009

  • "Shoshana Grossbard is one of the world's leading experts on economics of the household" 
    Ray Rees, U of Munich, 2008

  • "The notion of spousal labor and an implicit wage for this labor is original with Grossbard and …offers an important new perspective on exchanges within marriage."
    Linda Waite, U of Chicago, 1993

  • "Your work sounds fascinating (as usual). Getting inside and understanding how the family works (not just making presumptions) is so central to better social science about behavior and life outcomes."
    Arthur Goldsmith, Washington & Lee Univ, 2011

  • #FF @econoflove Intriguing #economist who brings forth insights relating to #relationships and #families. (LFP = Labor Force Participation)
    Fergus Hodgson, Columnist with the Future of Freedom Foundation


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