ECON 465
Pollution and the Labor Market Spring 2018
Division II
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If your home town has polluted air, does that reduce your wage? Do you work less? Are you less likely to finish high school? These are specific versions of an important general question: how does pollution affect labor market outcomes? The answer matters for individual decisions (where to live) and government policies (air pollution regulations). This seminar begins from theories of optimizing worker behavior in the presence of pollution. Building on this foundation, we will critically evaluate new empirical research into the impacts of pollution on human capital, labor supply, and productivity. We will also study the impact of pollution regulations on wages and employment. Included papers will cover both developed and developing countries.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3142
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class discussion, presentation of reading, 15- to 20-page empirical paper (written in stages), paper replication, and accompanying short presentation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: ECON 251 and ECON 255
Enrollment Preferences: Economics majors, seniority
Unit Notes: STAT 201/346 acceptable in place of ECON 255 prerequisite with instructor permission
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: ENVI Environmental Policy
PHLH Decision-Making by Institutions + Individuals
POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses

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