ECON 456 Fall 2014 Income Distribution

This course examines the distribution of income in the U.S., with emphasis on how it is affected by taxes, transfers, and other government programs.Questions to be addressed may include the following: How have wage inequality and the skill premium evolved over time? What factors explain a rising skill premium? How does income differ with race and gender? How is poverty measured, and what are the factors associated with living in poverty? How do government programs change the distribution of income? How much income mobility is there across generations? Students will become more critical readers of current economic literature, and will apply their skills in conducting empirical research.
Class Format: discussion/seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: short writing assignments, computer lab exercises, oral presentations, and a 15- to 20-page research paper including original empirical analysis (written in stages)
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Prerequisites: ECON 251 and 255 or equivalent
Enrollment Preference: senior Economics majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1483
ECON 456 - 01 (F) SEM Income Distribution Division 2: Social Studies Sara LaLumia
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Steson Mabie Room 1483
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