ECON 453 Spring 2013 Research in Labor Economics (Q)

The labor market plays a crucial role in people's lives worldwide. In industrialized countries, most households contain at least one wage earner, and income from working represents the largest component of total income. Thus analyses of the labor market are fundamentally relevant to both public policy and private decision-making. This seminar will explore the structure and functioning of the labor market using theoretical and empirical tools. Topics to be covered include labor supply and demand, minimum wages, labor market effects of social insurance and welfare programs, the collective bargaining relationship, discrimination, human capital, immigration, wage distribution, and unemployment. As labor economics is an intensely empirical subfield, students will be expected to analyze data as well as study the empirical work of others.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: a series of short papers and empirical exercises, constructive contributions to class discussion, class presentations, and a 15- to 20-page original empirical research paper (written in stages)
Additional Info: not available for the Gaudino option and may not be taken Pass/Fail
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Prerequisites: ECON 251 and 255 or ECON/POEC 253
Enrollment Preference: senior Economics majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Quantitative and Formal Reasoning
Other Attributes: POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3444
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER ENRL CONSENT
ECON453-01(S) SEM Research in Labor Economics (Q) Division 2: Social StudiesQuantitative and Formal Reasoning Lara D. Shore-Sheppard
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM Paresky 207 3444
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