Lena Edlund

EdlundI do, I do, I do — family law and how the West won

Lena Edlund is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the economics of gender and family, interests that have also led her to evolutionary biology and life-history analysis. Lena’s past research has analyzed the impact of marriage and partner market conditions on sex allocation, with a particular focus on the status of females. She has studied son preference and sex selective abortion, dowry determination, why cities in the industrialized world are more female, and sex allocation at the individual level. She has also been interested in the importance of female inheritance for the gender wealth distribution and the legal framework governing formal marriages across cultures, an interest that has led to studies of markets for sex and children, consent regimes (parental or individual consent), and the alignment of political preferences along gender lines in the wake of the sexual revolution ushered in by the Pill. Lena’s current research focuses on maternal conditions and child outcomes.