This course examines education with an emphasis on understanding investments in human capital, the production of education throughout the life cycle, and the impact of policy on education. Topics to be covered range from the influence of early life experiences on later educational outcomes to the role of teachers and other school resources in primary and secondary education to post-secondary schooling decisions. Questions to be addressed may include the following: Do high quality preschool investments like Head Start improve outcomes for the students they serve? Does class size matter? How do we measure teacher quality? Are GEDs really equivalent to high school diplomas? What are the benefits of community college attendance? What factors determine college major choice? Students will become more critical readers of the economics of education literature, gain an understanding of the challenges associated with education policy, and a research an education topic of interest to them.
The Class: Type: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: Short presentations (20 minutes), short essays (approximately 2 pages), midterm and final exam
Prerequisites: Econ 255, POEC 253, or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: Senior majors
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course